Carbon Pollution Standards

2010 Proposed Settlement Agreements to Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Clean Air Act requires EPA to set new source performance standards (NSPS) for industrial categories that cause, or significantly contribute to, air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. On December 23, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency entered into two proposed settlement agreements to issue rules that will address greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants and refineries. 

Fossil fuel-fired power plants produce electricity by burning fossil fuel – primarily coal. Petroleum refineries refine crude petroleum into a number of products including gasoline, kerosene, asphalt, lubricants, solvents and a variety of other products. These two industrial sectors make up nearly 40 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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