What the Clean Power Plan Means for the Southeast

On Wednesday, June 18, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan was published in the Federal Register, officially starting the 120-day comment period.  Released on June 2, the Clean Power Plan is EPA’s first regulation aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.  In previous SACE blogs, we’ve provided a [...]

EPA proposed regulations suggest states capture up 6 times more efficiency in the Southeast

On June 2, the EPA released its proposed rules on existing coal fired power plants. In our press release, we discussed that the proposed standards call for reductions in carbon emissions from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels by the year 2030. In the proposed rule, the best system of emissions [...]

EPA Announces New Limits on Carbon Pollution that Will Protect Health and Tackle Climate Change

This blog was written by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington DC and was originally published on June 2 via NRDC’s blog Switchboard.  The Obama Administration announced a major breakthrough today that will safeguard our health and protect future generations from unchecked climate change. For the first time, the United States will [...]

Breaking News: Supreme Court Upholds EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule!

After a trip through the United States’ court system that brought it all the way to the Supreme Court, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) friendly ghost of interstate air pollution is alive and well.  Today, the Supreme Court upheld EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (known by its acronym CSAPR – pronounced un-intuitively as “Casper”) marking [...]

Toxic Mercury Pollution Limits Survive Major Court Challenge

This guest post was originally published by Environmental Defense Fund on its Climate 411 blog and was co-authored by Pamela Campos, EDF attorney, and Mandy Warner, EDF Climate & Air Policy Specialist.  Find the original EDF blog post here.  Some environmental threats are hard to explain. Toxic mercury is not. A dangerous neurotoxin that threatens young children, [...]

Efforts to Regulate Interstate Air Pollution Move Slowly Forward

Recently we’ve seen several developments in the never ending fight for cleaner air. Along with newly proposed regulations limiting carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants, and pending carbon emission limits for existing coal-fired power plants, federal regulation further limiting other harmful air pollutants are finding their way through various channels. The Cross State Air [...]

EPA Announces Limits to Greenhouse Gas Emissions on New Power Plants

This Guest Post was written by Laura Beans and was originally posted on EcoWatch.com The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed carbon emissions standards for new power plants [on Friday, Sept. 20]. The Clean Air Act standards are an effort to combat climate change and improve public health, according to the U.S. EPA’s press release. [...]

Return of the Friendly Ghost? Supreme Court Visited by CSAPR

The specter of federal air regulation for cross-state air pollution has risen once more. On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review an appeals court rejection of EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSPAR). An earlier SACE blog covered the history of CSPAR right up until it was struck down by the U.S. [...]

TVA Announces Plans to Idle Colbert Coal Plant Units

UPDATE: On July 15, 2013, TVA determined that Colbert Unit 5 will be idled on October 1, 2013.  Unit 5  was previously planned to idle in October 2014.  We applaud TVA’s acceleration of the idling of Unit 5 and will continue to advocate for full retirement of all 5 units at the Colbert plant.  TVA [...]

5 Things Obama Said About Climate Change Today That Could Impact the Southeast

This blog was co-authored by SACE Coastal Climate and Energy Coordinator, Chris Carnevale. “There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change. But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.” – President Obama, June 22, 2013 At Georgetown University [...]