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Centering Environmental Justice in EPA Rulemaking 

By CEED, Mar 1, 2024

Washington, DC (March 1, 2024) — Today, leaders within the environmental justice movement responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan to tackle emissions from existing gas plants in a supplemental rulemaking for the “New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Fossil Fuel–Fired Electric Generating Units (EGU); Emissions Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Existing Fossil Fuel–Fired Electric Generating Units” rule. 

In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will be re-proposing a section 111(d) standard for existing gas sources Byron Gudiel, Executive Director at Center for Earth Energy and Democracy (CEED) shared,

“We know that overwhelmingly the burden of pollution from fossil fuel powered power plants is borne by low income communities, communities of color and indigenous communities. We also know that the impacts of rising intensive heat cycles, extreme temperatures and the resulting power outages are experienced most acutely by environmental justice communities.  We are pleased to learn that EPA Administrator Michael Regan and the White House are responding to our individual and collective EJ concerns about the treatment of existing gas plants. We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history and we hope the Administration meets the challenge of climate change in ways that center environmental justice communities.”

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