Policy Issues

EPA Clean Power Plan

In June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan, a proposed rule to cut carbon pollution by 30% by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. The proposal builds on the actions already being taken by businesses, communities, and states to address the risks of climate change and provides a flexible approach to reduce emissions based on the opportunities and resources available in each state. The EPA proposal will “maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations.”

The proposed rule calls for each state to devise a plan to cut carbon emissions using the following mix of steps:

  1. Improving efficiency at existing coal-fired power plants
  2. Increasing utilization of existing natural gas fired power plants
  3. Expanding the use of wind, solar, or other low- or zero-carbon emitting alternatives
  4. Increasing energy efficiency in homes and businesses

 Nuclear Energy in the Clean Power Plan

In this proposed rule, the EPA focuses on the importance of continuing to provide affordable and reliable electricity to the public, and nuclear energy plays a big role in accomplishing this. The EPA recommends that states keep existing nuclear power plants running and complete those still under construction. The proposed rules states that “policies that encourage development of renewable energy capacity and discourage premature retirement of nuclear capacity could be useful elements of CO2 reduction strategies and are consistent with current industry behavior.”

Visit the NRC website to view an interactive map of operating nuclear power plants in the United States.

Take Action Today!

equalityThe EPA’s Clean Power Plan discriminates against nuclear energy.  We must voice our concerns to take action on this unfair rule! The comment period for the proposed rule has been extended to December 1, 2014.  ANS has urged their members to write personally worded letters to the EPA showing support for nuclear equality. However, you do not need to be and ANS member to comment and voice your opinion. It is critical that all nuclear supporters petition the EPA with comments requesting that the agency:

  1. Treat existing plants equally by including 100% of their current output in the baseline CO2 calculation.
  2. Allow states with new plants under construction to count their clean energy generation toward their EPA emissions target.

CLICK HERE TO COMMENT NOW – Must submit by 12/1/14

Please note: Feel free to edit the above two bullet points in your own comments to the EPA, but try not to copy verbatim as seemingly mass-produced comments will have less value overall.

Please read the ANS comments to the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan Rule”

Learn more in ANS President Mikey Brady Raap’s letter to members.

For additional information, visit www.ans.org/epa/

 

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