U.S. sets pollution limits for new power plants

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Posted: Sep 20, 2013 9:33 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced carbon pollution standards that will apply to new power plants built in the United States.

Under the proposal, new large natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, while new small natural gas-fired turbines would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour.

New coal-fired units would need to meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour but would be given "operational flexibility" to achieve those levels, the agency said.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici, writing by Ros Krasny; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)