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Highlights from EPA’s Office of Public Engagement

Friday, March 30, 2012  
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Highlights from EPA’s Office of Public Engagement

March 26 – March 30, 2012

Table of Contents

1. EPA Proposes First Carbon Pollution Standard for Future Power Plants

2. Statements on EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants

3. EPA Administrator Leads U.S. Delegation to Paris for Meetings on Economic and Environmental Cooperation

4. Shipbuilder and Ship Engine Manufacturer Agree to Pay Civil Penalty and Perform Environmental Project to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations

 

1. EPA Proposes First Carbon Pollution Standard for Future Power Plants/Achievable standard is in line with investments already being made and will inform the building of new plants moving forward

WASHINGTON – Following a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. EPA’s proposed standard reflects the ongoing trend in the power sector to build cleaner plants that take advantage of American-made technologies, including new, clean-burning, efficient natural gas generation, which is already the technology of choice for new and planned power plants. At the same time, the rule creates a path forward for new technologies to be deployed at future facilities that will allow companies to burn coal, while emitting less carbon pollution. The rulemaking proposed today only concerns new generating units that will be built in the future, and does not apply to existing units already operating or units that will start construction over the next 12 months.

For full press release: http://go.usa.gov/Ehg

For more information: http://epa.gov/carbonpollutionstandard/

 

2. Statements on EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants

WASHINGTON – Here’s what people across the country are saying about EPA’s proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants:

John Arensmeyer, CEO, Small Business Majority:"…National opinion polling we released in September found 76 percent of small business owners support the EPA regulating carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. Another 87 percent believe improving innovation and energy efficiency are good ways to increase prosperity for small businesses…”

Albert A. Rizzo, M.D., Chair, Board of Directors of the American Lung Association: "…By proposing standards for carbon pollution from new facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is setting the stage for the next generation of America’s power plants to be the least toxic and most modern in the world…”

The Clean Energy Group’s Clean Air Policy Initiative:"…EPA’s action today represents a modest step that provides the industry with business and regulatory certainty… Further, based on our review of recent projections by the U.S. Energy Information Administration and current market dynamics, the proposed GHG performance standards for new sources will not impact the reliability of the electric system.”

For the full press release: http://go.usa.gov/mi1

 

3. EPA Administrator Leads U.S. Delegation to Paris for Meetings on Economic and Environmental Cooperation

WASHINGTON – Today U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson arrived in Paris, France to meet with environmental leaders from more than 40 nations to discuss the Agency’s international efforts on urban sustainability. During the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Environment Policy Committee's ministerial meeting, Administrator Jackson will represent the United States in discussions about the upcoming Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, and talk about ways in which the environment committee can support the global conference's efforts.

For the full press release: http://go.usa.gov/Ehb

 

4. Shipbuilder and Ship Engine Manufacturer Agree to Pay Civil Penalty and Perform Environmental Project to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations / First enforcement action under marine diesel engine air rules

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Coltec Industries Inc., (Coltec) and National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $280,000 and spend approximately $500,000 on an environmental project to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA’s marine diesel engine air rules. The project will significantly reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from a testing stack at Coltec’s Beloit, Wis., engine manufacturing facility, improving air quality for residents. Coltec and NASSCO also agreed to attach the required EPA engine labels to 40 ship engines that were previously unlabeled or improperly labeled.

For the full press release: http://go.usa.gov/Eh2


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