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On Thursday, December 6, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed revisions to its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for electric utility generating units(2015 NSPS). The proposal affects new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired steam generating units, most of which use coal to generate electricity, either by burning it in boilers or using gasification technologies. Those units emit significant carbon dioxide, with EPA finding that “emissions from even a single new coal-fired [unit] may amount to millions of tons each year,” and thus have major climate impacts. Despite this, however, EPA is proposing to weaken the carbon dioxide emission standards imposed on such facilities under the 2015 NSPS. Here are four important things to know about EPA’s proposal.