WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA released new rules for power plants, and one Oregon senator says it’s a step in the right direction.
Senator Jeff Merkley is praising the Clean Air Act. The EPA’S new guidelines combat climate change by making it harder to build new coal-fired power plants.
The new standards say any new coal plant built in the U.S. needs specific technology to capture carbon emissions. Also, emission rates for coal and gas power plants are separate.
The 2012 version of these standards sparked more than two million public comments. The EPA will now allow public comment for this new version.