Forestry Community Uncertain About EPA’s Proposed New Rules On Electric Plant Emissions

President Obama’s proposed new regulations on reducing carbon emissions by coal-fired electric generating plants has attracted cautious reviews from the forestry community that has an  important stake in seeing  greater use of biomass fuels by the power industry.

Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to regulate carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants by mandating they be reduced by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

EPA has not yet taken a firm position on how emissions from power generating plants and other carbon emitting industries using biomass fuels will be treated in measuring carbon emissions.  This is an issue that presumably will be addressed as EPA moves to implement the carbon emission rules and regulations.

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