EPA Proposes Guidelines to Cut Carbon Pollution

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Monday, June 02 2014 Jun 2, 2014 Monday, June 02, 2014 4:55:00 PM CDT June 02, 2014 in News
By: Creighton Hayes, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - At the direction of President Barrack Obama, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Clean Power Plan proposal Monday, which aims to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants.

Carbon pollution from power plants is the single largest source of pollution in the country. The proposal's goal is to reduce emissions by 33 percent by 2030.

Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, as there are no national limits on carbon pollution levels. 

Columbia has two coal and oil power plants, the Columbia Municipal Power Plant and one on the University of Missouri campus.

Anthony Lupo, an environmental scientist, said the regulations will have more of an impact on cities by reducing smog and soot in the air, than a global impact.

"While the regulations won't affect global temperatures too much, locally and in urban areas it can lead to slightly cleaner air. C02 can lead to the production of ozone which can be harmful to people," Lupo said.

The E.P.A does limit the levels of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, however. 

In 2004, Columbia voters approved an ordinance to require Columbia Water and Light to phase in more renewable energy into the portfolio.

The Power Production Superintendent, Christian Johanningmeier, says this ordinance has probably put Columbia ahead of the curve in reducing its carbon emission levels.

According to Johanningmeier, the Columbia Municipal Power plant is in the process of replacing its coal generation with natural gas generation, which reduces CO2 emissions. 

The Clean Power Plan will be implemented through a state-federal partnership, allowing states to create a plan using current or new electricity production and pollution control policies to meet the goals of the proposed program. 

States have the opportunity to develop plans to meet state-specific goals to reduce their carbon pollution levels. 

States have until June of 2016 to submit their plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

 

 


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

More News

Grid
List
FULTON - The Fulton Fire Department was called to a fire on West 6th Street Monday that scorched a building... More >>
24 minutes ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:05:14 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - An organization designed to help people is possibly getting some help of its own from the city of... More >>
44 minutes ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:46:00 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
JOPLIN — Joplin and one of the counties surrounding the southwest Missouri city have joined a prescription drug monitoring program... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:28:46 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
FAIRVIEW, Okla. (AP) — Federal marshals say the last of two inmates who overpowered guards, stole a prison transport van... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:05:00 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
LEXINGTON — The alumni association of the former Wentworth Military Academy and College won its battle to claim ownership of... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:50:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY — Authorities say a parent and his child were taken into custody after a beating inside a high... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 10:21:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis man has been sentenced to three years in prison in a fiery drunken driving... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:55:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) is teaming up with Lincoln University to take... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8:35:00 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Police arrested a suspect Tuesday night in connection with the shooting death of Nathan Taylor on McKee Street... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 8:11:22 AM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council announced Monday it will declare next week, Diaper Need Awareness Week. The... More >>
13 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 11:38:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Local education and social services professionals talked to mid-Missouri legislators about a number of issues facing young people,... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:23:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The price of electricity won't be going up for now. The Columbia City Council struck down an... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 8:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Bus riders will soon find themselves waiting a little bit longer for their ride. On Monday, the City... More >>
17 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:38:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A third person appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens to the state board of education won't serve... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:12:35 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - After a July grand opening, Welcome Home was able to move veterans into its new facility on Tuesday... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:18:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
ST. CHARLES (AP) — A Missouri woman has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for leaving her 2-year-old son... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 5:35:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Attorney General Josh Hawley announced his office's investigation into Equifax Tuesday, along with attorneys general from 43... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:48:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - They are becoming a common sight, tattoos and piercings. According to medical professionals, more young adults and adolescents... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, September 19 2017 Sep 19, 2017 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 3:49:00 PM CDT September 19, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 88°
2pm 89°
3pm 90°
4pm 90°
5pm 89°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:00p
Days of Our Lives
2:00p
The Dr. Oz Show
3:00p
Dr. Phil
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Maury
3:00p
The Robert Irvine Show

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:01p
The Good Place
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Supernatural
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld