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EPA announces Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON – The US Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released its Clean Power Plan proposal, which would cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States.

“By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We don’t have to choose between a health economy and a health environment – our action will sharpen America’s competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs.”

McCarthy noted that Entergy, the company that owns and operates the Indian Point nuclear power plants in Buchanan, already takes climate and carbon risk into its business planning processes.

The company said that in 2000, it was the first US utility to place a voluntary cap on its carbon emissions, a cap that stands at 20 percent below 2000 emission levels.