Saturday, November 15, 2008

EPA decides 'no new coal-fired power plants' (Well at least for now)

Here are some articles on the decision by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it has no valid reason to refuse to regulate the CO2 emissions that come from new coal-powered plants.

The decision pointed to a May 2007 ruling by the Supreme Court that recognized CO2, the main cause of climate change, is indeed a pollutant under the federal Clean Air Act and therefore needs to be regulated by the EPA.

The board's decision will force the EPA to consider CO2 when issuing permits for new power plants, potentially making it — at least in the short-term — all but impossible to certify new coal power plants.

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