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EPA’s Judith Enck explains proposed carbon emission regulations

June 3, 2014 —  After the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new rules around carbon emissions on Monday, EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck explained the proposed regulations on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom.

“The average coal plant in the United States is about 42 years old, and what we are looking for is some transformational change toward a clean energy economy,” Enck told host Susan Arbetter. “You know and I know that climate change is real. Seven of the top ten warmest years on record occurred since 1998 alone.”

“We know that a huge amount of carbon pollution, which contributes to climate change, comes from fossil fuel power plants. Yesterday, the EPA proudly announced a new proposed regulation called the Clean Power Plan that would require these fossil fuel power plants to cut greenhouse gas emissions, specifically carbon emissions, by 30 percent by the year 2030…It puts a lot of responsibility in the hands of the states.”

Listen to the full interview here.

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