NEW YORK U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency proposals to reduce carbon
dioxide pollution from power plants could have negative,
long-term effects on the die casting industry, according to the
North American Diecasters Association (Nadca).
announced Sept. 20 would require new coal-fired power plants to
meet a limit of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt
hour, and would have the option to meet a somewhat tighter
limit if they choose to average emissions over multiple
The EPA plans to hold
11 public sessions to solicit ideas and input from the public
and stakeholders about the most viable Clean Air Act approaches
to reducing carbon dioxide pollution.
"We hope the EPA is
sincere in soliciting input from stakeholders and takes serious
account of the impact their decisions will have on
manufacturing businesses," Nadca president Daniel Twarog told
AMM. "The die casting industry is a very
energy-intensive sector, and even the slightest increase in
costs or decrease in availability can significantly disrupt the
manufacturing supply chain."
Restrictions on new
power plants are necessary to prevent long-lasting climate
changes, according to the EPA. The electric power sector
accounted for 33 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions
and 60 percent of U.S. stationary-source greenhouse gas
emissions in 2011, the agency said, and fossil-fuel-fired power
plants are the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions.
"Coal is one the
nations most stable and reliable sources of domestic
energy," Twarog said. "Energy costs account for a high
percentage of a die casters costs. Any increase in energy
costs will result in higher-cost die castings."