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New Rules For Coal-Fired Plants

October 16th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has defended new rules the agency released last month that would set the first national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from existing power plants. To meet the new standards, coal-fired plants would have to install expensive new technology to capture a portion of their carbon dioxide emissions and bury them underground. The rules triggered a storm of protest from coal-related companies and their political supporters. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said the new regulations will have devastating impacts to the coal industry and the economy.  Addressing the nation’s energy policies, Bernard Weinstein, Associate Director at SMU’s Maguire Energy Institute, told a group of Cumberland business leaders that there is a good news/bad news element to the coal industry.  The bad news, he says, is that the clear trend shows a declining use of coal in America…

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