Environmental Issues

On August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final rule to establish emission guidelines for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants. Called the Clean Power Plan (CPP) by EPA, the rule sets state-specific, rate-based goals for CO2 emissions from the power sector, subcategory-specific CO2 emission performance rates, and state mass-based CO2goals that represent the equivalent of each state’s rate-based goal. The rule also establishes guidelines for the states to follow in developing plans to achieve the state-specific goals. According to the agency, the rule would reduce CO2emissions from the power sector by 32 percent by 2030 from CO2 emission levels in 2005.