Carbon Safeguards Will Help Georgians Breathe Cleaner Air

The good news is that on June 2, 2014, the EPA will issue new carbon safeguards to begin limiting the carbon pollution released from the country’s existing coal-burning power plants.

For Immediate Release

Contacts

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, GreenLaw Executive Director, sbenfield@greenlaw.org, 404-964-7025
Seth Gunning, Sierra Club Organizing Representative, seth.gunning@sierraclub.org, 404-434-9745
Ashten Bailey, GreenLaw Staff Attorney, abailey@greenlaw.org, 678-948-6494
MaKara Rumley, GreenLaw Environmental Justice Attorney, mrumley@greenlaw.org, 404-695-3122
 

May, 2014, Atlanta, Ga. -- The good news is that on June 2, 2014, the EPA will issue new carbon safeguards to begin limiting the carbon pollution released from the country’s existing coal-burning power plants.

The bad news is we have a lot of coal power plants in Georgia -- 9 of them. One, Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer near Macon, has the dubious distinction of being the country’s dirtiest power plant -- spewing over 21-million metric tons of coal-based pollution in one year. That’s air we all share.

Plant Scherer

That’s more carbon than the entire state of Maine emitted in one year!

Currently, there are no limits to how much carbon pollution a coal-burning power plant can emit. Most Americans think there are at least some limits. There are none.

But back to the good news. These EPA safeguards will require coal-burning power plant to use control technologies which should have already been in place in Georgia to protect our air.

Georgia is now beginning to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy with renewable energy sources. But we need to work hard to continue lifting barriers to the creation of many more homegrown, Georgia jobs in the renewable energy fields -- jobs that can build a green energy future without contaminating the air we all breathe.

It’s not too late to tackle climate change here in Georgia. The new carbon pollution safeguards coming on June 2 are an important path forward to cleaning up our air and our water now -- and for generations of Georgians to come.

Let’s make sure they happen here in our Georgia backyards!

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