EPA Rulemaking Shows Patient Approach To Carbon Capture

Law360, New York (October 2, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's requirement for carbon capture and storage at new — but not existing —coal-fired power plants may seem like mixed messaging, but experts say the distinction effectively acknowledges the legal challenges of imposing a blanket rule while advancing the agency's belief that, as the technology improves, more regulated facilities will easily be able to use it.

In unveiling revised greenhouse gas emissions standards for new plants last month — 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour for coal-fired plants and 1,000 pounds...
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