This week’s On the Radio segment looks at how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon emissions in Iowa and across the country. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.
Transcript: Clean Power Plan carbon reductions
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan aims to significantly reduce power plant carbon emissions by 2030.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Power plants are currently the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of heat-trapping gas emissions. There are about 1000 fossil fuel-powered plants in the U.S. and 37 plants in Iowa that are impacted by the plan.
The plan proposes to cut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide, which is equal to the emissions from powering more than half the homes in the United States.
This includes a 25 percent reduction in pollutants that contribute to soot as well as smog which are known to cause asthma, heart disease, and other health problems. Iowa has until June 30, 2016 to draft and submit a plan for reducing power plant emissions in the state.
For more information about the Clear Power Plan, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org .
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.