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Vermont Urges EPA To Set Strong Limits On Carbon Pollution From Existing Power Plants And To Give States Flexibility On How To Meet Those Limits

CONTACT: Thea Schwartz, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-3186

December 17, 2013

Vermont has joined eleven other states in urging the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set strong carbon emission (greenhouse gas) limits from existing fossil fuel power plants and to give states flexibility on how to meet those limits. In Comments submitted to EPA on planned regulations, Vermont and the other states respond to those who oppose cutting greenhouse gas pollution from existing power plants that contribute to climate change and who wrongly argue that the federal Clean Air Act bars EPA from moving forward with the regulations. Existing fossil fuel power plants are the single largest source of this pollution, emitting roughly 33% of the nation’s total emissions. “Greenhouse gas emissions must be addressed, and the Clean Air Act mandates that EPA do so,” Attorney General Bill Sorrell said. “The health and safety of Vermonters and our economy hinges on no longer delaying common-sense controls on these pollution sources,” he added.

Signing on to the comments along with Vermont are New York, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and the District of Columbia. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is working with the Agency of Natural Resources in this effort.

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