Power plant, industrial emissions continue to fall, EPA reports

Constellation Energy's coal-fired Brandon Shores power plant in Anne Arundel County, Md., Jan 15, 2012. President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on June 25, 2013 at Georgetown University in Washington. (Shannon Jensen/The New York Times)
(Shannon Jensen/The New York Times)

Emissions of greenhouse gases from the country’s power plants and other industrial facilities continue to fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported Tuesday.

Within the power industry, the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gases, emissions last year were down 6 percent from 2014 and 11 percent since 2011.

Likewise, emissions from oil and gas facilities declined 2 percent from 2014 – though were up 4 percent from 2011, following increased oil and gas production through the shale drilling boom. Emissions from other industrial and waste facilities fell 2 percent from 2014.

“The trend is moving in the right direction,” Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement.

The report surveyed more than 8,000 large, industrial facilities across the country – capturing power plants, landfills and refineries but not smaller facilities like oil pump jacks.

The EPA survey counted more than 3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent – about half of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Other large sources not counted in the survey include cars and agriculture.