Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the proposed regulations on New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants; specifically it will require coal-burning plants to capture 40 percent of its carbon dioxide emissions. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement regarding these proposed rules:
“Since 2009, the EPA has issued over 3,000 pages of greenhouse gas related regulations but has not been able to show a direct correlation to those regulations with regard to curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. We all want clean air and a healthy environment, but when proceeding with new regulations they must be achievable, and not harm economic growth and our nation’s energy security.
“In my home state of Ohio, 78 percent of our electricity is generated from coal-fired power plants. Unfortunately, the EPA’s proposed regulations will result in limited access to less costly and dependable domestic energy, leading to higher energy costs for our businesses and hardworking American families, and job losses in the United States.”