May 16, Progressive Party with Sen. Schumer Get tickets

Clearing the Air

The Truth About EPA’s Proposed Air Toxics Rule for Utilities

On March 15, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, proposed the first-ever standards that would require coal-fired power plants to reduce their emissions of toxic air pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, and lead. The public health benefits of limiting these emissions have been well-documented by both scientists and medical professionals. But a lesser-known fact is the proposed rules are expected to create nearly 360,000 jobs and generate almost $200 billion in capital improvements by 2015. These standards are also achievable: 60 percent of all coal-fired boilers that submitted stack test data to the EPA are already achieving the proposed mercury limits.

Please join the Energy Opportunity program of the Center for American Progress for a timely discussion of this proposed rule and its implications for reliable and affordable electricity, job creation, capital investment, and the economy.

Featured speakers:
Bob Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Mindy Lubber, President, Ceres
W. Thaddeus Miller, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, Calpine

Moderated by:
Carol M. Browner, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


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