EPA Announces Schedule for Cleaning Up Largest Sources of Carbon Pollution Says EnvironmentMaine

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By Carol McCracken  (Post # 666)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its schedule for developing nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants, said a press release issued by EnvironmentMaine.  The EPA won’t propose any actual standards until July 2011, but the Agency said final standards would be issued by May 2012 according to Nate Meyer, field associate for the non-profit. 

 Power plants are the largest souce of global warming pollution and “global warming poses the greatest threat to Maine’s environment and we need to clean up the oldest and dirtiest power plants to begin to solve the problem,” Meyer soon.  “The sooner we get started cleaing up the largest sources of pollution and transitioning to cleaner energy souces, the better chance we’ll give future generations to avoid the worst impacts of global warming.”

As the planet continues to warm, global warming could bring to Maine everything from more unhealthy air days and heat-related deaths to a substantial loss of winter snowpack for skiing and snowmobiling.  During 2010, the world experienced many events that are consistent with the scientific community’s predictions of what we’ll see more of as the planet continues to warm.

EnvironmentMaine strongly urges Senators Snowe and Collins to support and help facilitate this move to clean energy rather than potentially stand in the way.

“Today’s announcement outlined the ‘when’ of EPA’s plans to develop its standards for power plants, but now we’ll need to ensure that EPA gets the ‘what’ right and sets the strongest possible standards,” concluded Meyer

Please visit www.environmentmaine.org for more information.