Tell the EPA to finalize strong power plant pollution standards


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Delivery to Environmental Protection Agency

Action ended on August 8, 2023

What Happens Next

Thank you to all who took action! We’re grateful for your support.

What Was At Stake

For too long, fossil-burning power plants have had a free pass to pollute. Coal and gas-fired power plants are responsible for more than 30% of U.S. carbon pollution, and they also emit other pollutants that harm our air, water, and health. And yet, there are almost no limits on the amount of climate-warming pollution these plants emit. You can help change that.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken a much-needed step to rein in climate pollution by proposing limits on carbon emissions for power plants. You can play a pivotal role and send your comment urging EPA to adopt the strongest possible emissions standards and community protections.

Cleaning up the power sector also helps us cut pollution from other sectors. As we electrify everything from buses to buildings to manufacturing, we need to make sure the new demand for electricity isn’t met with power from dirty sources.

The EPA’s proposal leaves it up to states to decide how to meet these new standards. We will fight for an electric grid powered by pollution-free, clean energy resources like wind and solar.

As this proposal moves forward, the Biden administration must listen to and address concerns from communities who are bearing the unjust burden of power plant pollution and who are on the front lines of the climate crisis. The EPA must conduct rigorous monitoring, verification, and enforcement and establish adequate protections to ensure that these standards are effective.

The EPA’s proposed carbon pollution rules are an important step forward — but we need to make sure the agency commits to holding the fossil fuel industry accountable. Tell the EPA to finalize the strongest possible standards and deepen its commitment to protecting communities.

Aerial view of the Gulf Energy Center, formerly the Crist Power Plant, located near Pensacola, Florida.
The former Crist Power Plant near Pensacola, Florida, in 2022. (Art Wager / Getty Images)

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention. Read more.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue.

Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court. Read more.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment. Read more.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.