Carbon Pollution Standards

Public Listening Sessions

EPA held 11 public listening sessions across the country to solicit ideas and input from the public and stakeholders about the best Clean Air Act approaches to reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants.

The Clean Air Act gives both EPA and states a role in reducing air pollution from power plants that are already in operation. The law directs EPA to establish guidelines, which states use to design their own programs to reduce emissions.  Before proposing guidelines, EPA must consider how power plants with a variety of different configurations would be able to reduce carbon pollution in a cost-effective way.

EPA's summaries from these 11 public listening sessions are available at and will play an important role in helping EPA develop smart, cost-effective guidelines that reflect the latest and best information available.  The agency will seek additional public input during the notice and comment period once it issues a proposal by June 2014.

If you were unable to attend one of the listening sessions, EPA is accepting input through the Contact Us page or at

 Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Kansas City, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco