The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially announced a move
to regulate carbon pollution from utilities and large industrial sources.
"After years of inaction, the political winds have shifted and in favor of common sense measures that deliver less pollution and more clean energy," said
Jeremy Symons, senior vice president, National Wildlife Federation.
will mandate the collection of emissions statistics for about 10,000 facilities that emit more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon per year, leaving most small businesses exempt.
The announcement came in conjunction with the introduction
by Senate Environment & Public Works CommitteeChair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Foreign Relations Committee Chair John Kerry (D-MA) of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, a comprehensive clean energy bill intended to drive job creation, reduce pollution, and support national security.