The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received four million comments for its trio of federal rules proposing to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. This is why the EPA will miss a deadline this month to finalize one of those plans. Now the agency will finalize those rules all at once in the mid-summer.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management submitted comments, encouraging the EPA to continue recognizing existing efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is one such program, according to DEM supervising air quality specialist Frank Stevenson.
“And the fact that they not only allow multi-state agreements, but encourage states to join together to meet regulations was, basically another pat to the RGGI program,” said Stevenson. “The bottom line was that we are all very supportive of EPA’s action and also supportive of the way that the EPA proposed to regulate these gases.”
Stevenson said the RGGI program must continue beyond 2017 in order to achieve the first goal, which is set for 2020. These EPA rules are the first that would attempt to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing power plants.
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