Carbon Emissions From U.S. Power Plants Continue to Decline

The smoke stacks at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009. In cooperation with AEP, the French company Alstom unveiled the world's largest carbon capture facility at a coal plant, so called 'clean coal,' which will store around 100,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide a year 2,1 kilometers (7,200 feet) underground.
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Clare Foran
Oct. 23, 2013, 11:05 a.m.

According to new data released by the Environmental Protection Agency, carbon pollution from U.S. power plants has fallen by 10 percent since the agency began monitoring emissions in 2010, The Hill reports.

“EPA is supporting President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by providing the high-quality data necessary to help guide commonsense solutions to address climate change,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a statement. “Putting this data in the hands of the public increases transparency, supports accountability, and unlocks innovation.”

The news comes a day after the agency kicked off its public listening tour to solicit comment on forthcoming regulations to control carbon and other greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants.

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