Environment & Energy Report

More Power Sector Emissions Cuts Required by EPA

Sept. 7, 2016, 4:38 PM

Power plants in 22 states will be required to further reduce their emissions of nitrogen oxides under a regulation signed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy Sept. 7.

The final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update establishes new statewide emissions budgets intended to address pollution that affects the ability of downwind communities to meet and maintain the 2008 ozone standards of 75 parts per billion. The rule, which the EPA estimates to cost $68 million annually, will affect 886 power plants in the eastern U.S., including power plants operated by Duke Energy, American Electric Power and Luminant.

The agency, in...

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