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For Release: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

NYS DEC Commissioner Joe Martens Statement on EPA Pollution Standard for New Power Plants

"EPA's proposal to require all new power plants across the country to incorporate cleaner and more efficient technologies to reduce carbon pollution should allow New Yorkers and Americans to breathe easier knowing that this move will slow climate change and related public health risks. With this action, EPA joins New York and other states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in reducing power plant emissions. EPA's proposal also complements the New York greenhouse gas emission standards that DEC has proposed under the recently enacted Power New York Law. EPA should follow up this action with a proposal for reducing emissions from existing plants nationwide."

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