EPA reports 100% acid rain compliance
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, 1995 Compliance Results: Acid Rain Program, the 445 affected utility units achieved 100 percent compliance with the first phase of the acid rain control program. The utilities also cut SO2 emissions to 39 percent below the Clean Air Act`s 8.7 million ton allowable level. Under Phase I of the program, 263 utility units at 110 power plants were required to cut SO2 emissions to 8.7 million tons annually by 1995. Power plants representing another 182 units covered by the second phase of the program opted to include these units in Phase I, bringing the total covered units to 445. Units in Phase II are required to comply with SO2-reduction requirements in 2000. Utilities used approximately 5.3 million allowances in 1995 to meet acid rain requirements, about 61 percent of the 8.7 million allowances issued for the year, according to the report. Utilities cut SO2 emissions by more than 50 percent from 1980 levels of 10.9 million tons annually. EPA stated that emissions have declined from 1980 levels in all 21 states that contain Phase I utility units.