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A new report from PennEnvironment calls out “Pennsylvania’s Dirty Dozen,” 12 facilities that are responsible for about one-fifth of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Brian Murray told WHYY News Climate Desk that forthcoming EPA regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will likely apply to the eleven gas- and coal-fired power plant facilities on the “dirty dozen” list.

Combined with other recent moves by the Biden administration and Congress, regulations put forward by the Environmental Protection Agency to impose new carbon pollution standards on coal- and gas-fired power plants “have the potential to substantially advance clean power generation in the U.S.,” said Brian Murray in The Guardian.

Sen. Joe Manchin opposes proposed EPA regulations that would require U.S. power plants to reduce their carbon emissions. Brian Murray spoke with POLITICO about tough choices coal plants will need to consider if the regulations move forward.

The EPA has proposed rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, the second-largest source of emissions in the US. Nicholas Institute Interim Director Brian Murray tells ABC News the new regulations provide a further push toward a carbon-free power sector for the US.

Roughly a quarter of households in Jackson, Miss., are challenged by unaffordable water services amid an ongoing water crisis. Lauren Patterson and Sophia Bryson explore trends driving water unaffordability in Jackson and other communities and discuss potential ways forward in an op-ed for The Clarion-Ledger.

In 787 communities served by the United States’ largest utilities, 17 percent of households (28.3 million people) spend more than one day each month working to pay for water services and sanitation services, according to a new analysis by researchers at Duke University.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated this week to announce carbon dioxide emission reduction rules for electric power plants. If enacted, this will be the first set of rules specifically targeting the U.S. power sector’s carbon emissions. Duke expert Brian Murray is available for comment.

Motivated, early-to mid-career professionals who are interested in building their knowledge in climate and sustainability are invited to apply by June 1 for a summer institute offered by Duke University in Washington, DC.

Ashley Ward has studied how heat affects communities in North Carolina. “A power outage is, in many cases, a catastrophic event,” she told The New York Times.

The Duke Climate Commitment will see new leadership in Toddi Steelman, the Stanback Dean of Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment, starting July 1.