Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyInterior announces expansion of hunting and fishing rights across 2.1 million acres Time to rethink Biden's anti-American energy policies Solar could provide 40 percent of US power generation by 2035, Biden administration says MORE on Monday said her agency would give states great flexibility in meeting new requirements for carbon emissions from power plants.
The coming standards for both existing and proposed coal-fired power plants have been criticized by Republicans, who say the new rules will hurt the economy. The new rules are especially anticipated in the heavy coal producing states of West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.
"EPA next June will propose new standards that will also provide significant flexibility to the states that will protect public health from carbon pollution from existing power plants," McCarthy said on Monday at the liberal Center for American Progress event.
"That will give opportunities to reduce power plant emissions."
McCarthy said the agency would be "really flexible on the implementation of these standards" with states.
And nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states are asking for just that.
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative called on the EPA on Monday to allow states to follow "flexible market-based carbon pollution programs."