Public hearings are scheduled for next week by the Environmental Protection Agency to address the EPA's proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for new, coal-fired power plants. Supporters of the standard celebrated the regulations at a small gathering in Richmond last week.
One supporter, Jamie Towns, is the mother of four. Although her children are healthy, she says has concerns everyday that children are exposed to life-altering doses of pollution emitted by industries.
"As the weather heats up, and the kids let loose for summer, we know that there are some children who are going to have to wake up and check the air quality before they are able to go outside and play," Towns said. "All children, I must say, have the right to be able to go outside and play every day of the summer. But their rights are currently being taken from them because large, polluting industries currently have no limits on the amount of carbon pollution that they release every year."
This is the first of the agency's proposals to place carbon pollution restrictions on all new industrial plants that begin construction. They are expected to utilize some of the same clean air technologies that power companies are adopting to minimize carbon pollution.