Monday, September 23, 2013

Why EPA's draft power plant standards won't affect NJ

The Obama administration is proposing new rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, but the draft standards should have little impact
on New Jersey’s efforts
to promote additional generation being built in the state, NJ Spotlight reports today.

Why?  Two reasons.

1. Governor Chris Christie, who is aggressively pushing for the construction of new power plants in energy-hungry New Jersey, insists that his state will not permit any new coal-fired plants which are the primary targets of the proposed new EPA rules; and

2. Although the new limits on CO2 also would apply to natural-gas plants, New Jersey's  emissions limits on that greenhouse gas already are stricter than what the federal government is proposing.

NJ Spotlight's energy and environment reporter Tom Johnson has the details here.  

Related environmental news stories:
Obama moves to limit power-plant carbon pollution
New power-plant emissions limits lack initial impact
Obama administration not waging war on coal, EPA chief says

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