Hip Hop Caucus Responds to EPA’s New Rules for Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plants

WASHINGTON — Today, Hip Hop Caucus’ Senior Director of Campaigns and Advocacy Russell Armstrong issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rules that aim to reduce pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants:

“Hip Hop Caucus is happy to see these more stringent guidelines for coal plants as well as for air toxics and mercury that choke our communities. However, while these rules will help lower emissions and curtail adverse health impacts, we still have questions on the acknowledged over reliance on carbon capture as the technology for removal — even if not explicitly stated. Environmental justice communities continue to raise concerns about carbon capture and storage, and will continue to push for more upfront and consistent involvement. 

As these regulations to clean up large and intermediate power plants, located disproportionately in BIPOC communities, are enforced, we look forward to being a partner and watchdog for good governance.”