The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold two public hearings on May 24, 2012, on the proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants. The meetings will be held in Washington D.C. and Chicago.

The EPA says the proposed standard, which only applies to power plants built in the future, is flexible and would help minimize carbon pollution through the deployment of the same types of modern technologies and steps that power companies are already taking to build the next generation of power plants.

Currently, there is no uniform national limit on the amount of carbon pollution new power plants can emit.

The hearings will begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. EDT and CDT according to the location.

Locations:

Washington, D.C.
Ariel Rios East Building
Room 1153
1301 Constitution Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Chicago, Ill.
Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building
Lake Michigan Room (12th floor)
77 West Jackson
Chicago, Ill. 60604

Attendees should bring picture identification and allow additional time to enter the buildings and go through security. Pre-registration for the hearings has closed. The public may register to speak in person on the day of the hearing and will be accommodated as time allows. The EPA also will accept written comments on the proposed standards until June 25, 2012.

More information on the hearings and instructions for submitting written comments can be found here: http://epa.gov/carbonpollutionstandard.