EPA chief rules out carbon capture for existing plants

But on Friday she said it was already available!

Greenwire reports:

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy today effectively ruled out requiring existing coal-fired power plants to retrofit with carbon capture and storage (CCS) as part of next year’s proposal to limit emissions from today’s power plant fleet.

Speaking at an event hosted by The Christian Science Monitor, McCarthy defended her agency’s decision to include a CCS mandate for new coal plants as part of last week’s proposal for new power plants. But she said the same kind of requirement would not appear in next year’s guidance on existing units.

“CCS is really effective as a way to reduce emissions when it’s designed with the facility itself,” she said. “It is not seen, at least at this stage, as an add-on that could be used to put on an existing unconventional coal facility. In those applications, it doesn’t seem that it is appropriate at this stage.”

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