Ken Miller, Clean Energy Programs Director with the Snake River Alliance discusses the impact of the New EPA Carbon Pollution Standards. On June 2, 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. EPA is using its authority under section 111 of the Clean Air Act to issue standards, regulations or guidelines, as appropriate that address carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, including modifications of those plants. Section 111 (b) is the federal program to address new, modified and reconstructed sources by establishing standards. Section 111 (d) is a state-based program for existing sources. The EPA establishes guidelines. The states then design programs that fit in those guidelines and get the needed reductions. During our discussion, Ken explains that 111 (d) will have the greatest impact in Idaho as there are no plans to construct new coal powered plants at this time. Mr. Miller goes on to explain how to state of Idaho is working towards meeting the new standards, and the opportunity that our listeners have to be involved in the process by providing input to the EPA during the public comment period for the new regulation. Note that since time of our interview, the comment period has been extended to December 1, 2014. This show aired 9-16-2014. Due to the time sensitive nature of the content and public comment period. The show will air again on 9-30-2014. You can also stream the podcast of the interview below.
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