The Environmental Protection Agency is forging ahead with new regulations limiting climate change-inducing gasses. But as the AP reports, the rules will only apply to new power plants:
The proposed rule will not apply to existing power plants or new ones built in the next year. It will also give future coal-fired power plants years to meet the standard, because it will eventually require that carbon pollution be captured and stored underground. That technology is not yet commercially available.
A new natural gas-fired power plant would meet the new standard without installing additional controls.
The regulation, which was due to be released last July, stemmed from a settlement with environmental groups and states. The government already controls global warming pollution at the largest industrial sources, has proposed standards for new vehicles and is working on regulations to reduce greenhouse gases at existing power plants and refineries.
You can read more details about the new rules at the EPA’s website.