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WASHINGTON (August 3, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final greenhouse gas (GHG) regulations for electric generating units (EGUs), also known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP):

"We are relieved that EPA has recognized that industrial combined heat and power (CHP) units should not be subject to the final CPP. Given the environmental benefits of CHP and the U.S. government's efforts to promote growth of industrial distributed generation, doing so makes good policy sense. Expanded deployment and use of industrial CHP can help make electricity generation more efficient and reliable while lowering emissions.

ACC co-sponsored a report, ' Combined Heat and Power as a Compliance Option under the Clean Power Plan ,' that provides guidance on how states can include CHP in their implementation plans. It also describes how to measure and verify GHG emissions reductions from CHP projects.

"However, we remain concerned about the new credit trading system and the potential impact of the rule on our nation's economy, the effect it could have on the U.S. manufacturing sector and the rule's potential to undermine the ability of the chemical sector to continue to grow and create jobs by raising costs for businesses and consumers."

"We are planning a more in-depth review of the rule's language and details, but given the breadth of this Plan, we continue to question whether EPA has the legal authority under the Clean Air Act to fundamentally change and regulate our nation's electricity system."

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