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EPA Provides Additional Information on Clean Power Plan

The EPA has made available additional information on the Clean Power Plan and proposed goals to reduce carbon pollution in areas of Indian Country and US territories where fossil-fuel power plants are located.

As part of the EPA’s outreach in proposing the Clean Power Plan, the agency has received about 1.5 million public comments with stakeholders — states, utilities, industry, public health and environmental groups, labor, and community groups — identifying a wide range of ideas and information.

In issuing a notice of data availability (NODA), the agency says it’s seeking to ensure that all interested parties are aware of the issues and ideas that have been consistently raised so that everyone has the opportunity to consider them as they formulate their comments, which are due on Dec. 1.

In a separate but related action, the EPA is proposing goals for areas of Indian Country and US territories where fossil-fuel fired power plants are located to reduce their carbon pollution by 2030. Proposed goals for these areas were not included in the June 2014 proposal.

The new proposal outlines a range of options that tribes and territories could use to meet their goals. EPA will hold a public hearing on the supplemental proposal on Nov. 19, in Phoenix, Arizona, and will accept comment through Dec. 19.

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