EPA Limits Power Plant Emissions

    Image #: 17118311    Illinois' Prairie State plant is almost ready to start producing electricity, beginning a life of burning coal that's expected to last until at least the 2040s. The largest coal-fired power plant built in the U.S. in the last 30 years, it begins producing power at a time when economic factors are making power companies look to natural gas instead of coal for most new plants. (Tim Vizer/Belleville News-Democrat/MCT)      Belleville News-Democrat/ MCT /LANDOV

    Tim Vizer, Belleville News-Democrat / MCT / Landov

    The Environmental Protection Agency struck a blow against climate change Tuesday, setting the first limits on greenhouse gasses emitted by U.S. power plants. “We’re taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air, protect the planet for our children, and move us into a new era of American energy,” the EPA said in a statement. Power plants are the largest source of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. The new restrictions would apply only to newly constructed plants and would exempt plants built in the next year.

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