Colorado Clean Power Plan Background Brief

From increased health risks such as asthma attacks and respiratory disease to devastating fires and droughts, Coloradans are seeing and feeling the impacts of climate change. In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution. The proposed Clean Power Plan sets common sense carbon pollution limits; in Colorado, the Department of Public Health and Environment will conduct a public process to develop and implement a plan to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 35%, relative to emissions in 2012.

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