EPA public hearings on carbon pollution standards to hit power plants first
According to the official governmentnews release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public hearings on May 24, 2012, on the proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants.
Right now, the proposed standard only applies to power plants built in the future. It is labeled as flexible, and would help minimize carbon pollution. It reads within the news release as though it will deploy the same types of modern technologies and steps that power companies are already taking to build the next generation of power plants.
However, that is not the only concern, especially by those in the auto industry. Of course, with the increasing production of electric vehicles, one of the main complaints, aside from price, is that much of the fuel that is used to generate electric power is coal; and that is not considered as clean as the green side wishes it to be.
For the record, currently there is no uniform national limit on the amount of carbon pollution new power plants can emit. Same goes for automobiles as far as my research can tell, but rest assured that autos with IC engines will not get a free pass. However, there are limits on oxides and other noxious fumes. Carbon takes regulation to a new level; and it was given the green light per the federal courts but challenged. It eventually made its way to the US Supreme Court.
So, this action centers on a 2007 Supreme Court ruling which gave the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to enact such a proposal. As the first Clean Air Act standard specific to carbon pollution from new power plants, EPA’s proposed standard also reflects the ongoing trend in the power sector to build cleaner plants that take advantage of American-made technologies. These include new, clean-burning, efficient natural gas generation, which is already the technology of choice for new and planned power plants.
Question is, how far might this standard drive to power plants extend to autos? For sure, this writer thinks any standard set with utilities will eventually make its way into regulations for automobiles.
Action in Place
It was just two months ago when I wrote of the EPA announcement. Now the plan is morphing into action.
WHO: U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
WHAT: Public hearings on proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants
WHEN: May 24, 2012