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The EPA’s proposed regulations could clean up the nation’s power grid

Midwest Generation’s Crawford Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant, is seen Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Chicago. The city’s two coal-fired plants will shut down early under a deal between the operator, city officials and environmental groups. The Chicago Clean Power Coalition says Midwest Generation signed an agreement Wednesday to close the Crawford plant by the end of 2014 and its Fisk Generating Station plant by the end of this year. Chicago is the only large U.S. city with coal-fired power plants operating within its borders. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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The EPA’s proposed regulations could clean up the nation’s power grid

Midwest Generation’s Crawford Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant, is seen Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Chicago. The city’s two coal-fired plants will shut down early under a deal between the operator, city officials and environmental groups. The Chicago Clean Power Coalition says Midwest Generation signed an agreement Wednesday to close the Crawford plant by the end of 2014 and its Fisk Generating Station plant by the end of this year. Chicago is the only large U.S. city with coal-fired power plants operating within its borders. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

M. Spencer Green/AP

The EPA’s proposed regulations could clean up the nation’s power grid

The agency says the new proposed standards could curb carbon dioxide emissions by more than 600 million metric tons through 2042.

Midwest Generation’s Crawford Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant, is seen Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Chicago. The city’s two coal-fired plants will shut down early under a deal between the operator, city officials and environmental groups. The Chicago Clean Power Coalition says Midwest Generation signed an agreement Wednesday to close the Crawford plant by the end of 2014 and its Fisk Generating Station plant by the end of this year. Chicago is the only large U.S. city with coal-fired power plants operating within its borders. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

M. Spencer Green/AP

   

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking to put caps on the amount of carbon that power plants can emit, allowing companies to choose a more green technology.

Reset learns about how the agency’s new proposals could help the country meet its climate goals.

GUEST: Karen Weigert, director of Loyola University Chicago’s Baumhart Center for Social Enterprise and Responsibility

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