EPA's Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants: Frequently Asked Questions [January 13, 2016] [open pdf - 1MB]
"Taking action to address climate change by reducing U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is among President Obama's major goals. [...] In June 2013, the President released a Climate Action Plan and directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose standards for 'carbon pollution' (i.e., carbon dioxide, the principal GHG) from existing power plants by June 2014 and to finalize the standards a year later. EPA proposed the standards on June 2, 2014, and finalized them on August 3, 2015. The rule, known as the Clean Power Plan, sets individual state targets for average emissions from existing power plants-interim targets for the period 2022-2029 and final targets to be met by 2030. [...] This report summarizes the final rule and describes how EPA answered these and other questions."
CRS Report for Congress, R44341
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html