The Obama administration is proposing new rules to protect drinking water and track the amount of carbon dioxide stored by so-called “clean coal” technology.

The rules, announced on November 22, govern an experimental technique for underground storage of carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants and other sources in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gases.

Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said the new rules clarify standards for carbon storage, so industry knows what is required as it develops what she called a promising technology.

The administration wants to encourage carbon storage while overcoming liability obstacles that could hinder development of the technology.

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