Legal Alert - EPA Issues Proposed Rule to Significantly Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions
by Patrick J. Paul, Richard J. McNeil and Christopher P. Colyer
Summer has kicked off with a regulatory push by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This alert briefly addresses two recent EPA rulemakings.
On June 2, 2014, the EPA issued a long-anticipated proposed rule to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The proposed rule imposes 30 percent carbon dioxide emission reductions by 2030, primarily through emission limits at coal-fired power plants. Although the proposed rule is directed at existing coal-fired power plants, the rule allows individual states to determine their own method for achieving the required emission reductions, including reducing existing electrical demand from consumers.