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February 04, 2011

Wrap-Up of Today's EPA Carbon Pollution Hearing

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Hopefully you were able to follow along with today's live-tweeting from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listening session in Washington, DC, on its proposed carbon pollution safeguards (or, New Source Pollution Standard). If you missed it, you can read back through the live-tweets in this post.

These safeguards are very important in protecting public health and the environment from the carbon pollution from power plants, like the many coal-fired power facilities around the U.S.

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What we saw today was a large group of utility officials calling for strong, fair rules on emissions. "I think by developing a uniform standard we can find one that's aggressive enough for all of us," said Randy LaBauve of Florida Power & Light during the session.

One major highlight we heard came from Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, when she said, "The Clean Air Act is always about health."

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Supporters of great public health standards like this one from EPA are also thanking the agency for its hard work - we had a table set up outside the hearing for people to write Thank You Notes to EPA on our great note cards.

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If you missed today's listening session in DC with the utility industry, there are four more sessions coming up, each with a different group.

-- Heather Moyer

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