On March 27, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a performance standard to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new fossil-fuel-fired power plants. This primer begins with a background summary of Clean Air Act regulations that control GHG emissions. Subsequent sections discuss the regulation of large stationary sources, such as power plants, refineries, and industrial facilities. Finally, this primer explains the interaction of the proposed new source performance standard (NSPS) with other regulations controlling GHG emissions from large stationary sources.
Author(s): Jonas Monast and Jeremy M. Tarr
Published: May 2012