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EPA Proposes New Coal-Fired Power Plant Rules

Sep 20, 2013

Environmental officials at the federal level have just passed new laws that will make it very difficult to build a new coal-fired power plant in the U.S.

Reuters is reporting that the measures taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week will set strict limits on the carbon footprint of any new power plant built in the country. The EPA’s moves will make it very difficult to open any new coal-fired power plants.

The new rules set the following carbon output standards for large and small fossil fuel-burning power plants, according to Reuters:

  • New large power plants mustn't exceed a limit of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour
  • Smaller power plants will not be allowed to pass a limit of 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour

To achieve these levels, many new coal-fired power plants will have to install technology known as carbon capture and storage (CCS). New power plants will have seven years to achieve these carbon output levels, Reuters reports.

Coal-fired power plants have come under fire during President Barack Obama’s administration, and some see these new EPA rules as a "war on coal," according to Reuters. Pollution created by coal-fired power plants has been blamed on numerous health complications, based on our previous reports.

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