September 20, 2013

Kaine Statement On EPA Announcement Regarding Future Power Plants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on future power plants:

"This summer, I asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to release separate carbon standards for new coal and gas power plants to reflect key differences in those technologies. I appreciate that the EPA has done so and will now begin a dialogue with constituents and energy experts to determine whether the announced standards fairly balance environmental stewardship with economic and technological realities.

“We have an obligation to reduce carbon emissions in a way that makes economic sense. We can do this by encouraging American innovation. As I explore the proposed rule, I will work with all stakeholders to make sure our regulatory approach does just that."

Kaine’s July letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy calling for separate standards for coal-fired and gas-fired plants is available here.