Group Says EPA Regulations Make New Coal Plants Impossible

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Steve Miller, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, has issued a statement that the newest Environmental Protection Agency regulations will make it impossible to build new coal-fueled power plants in the U.S. and will cause even more premature closures of power plants operating today. Here are the details.

* According to the EPA, the proposed Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants will "take advantage of American-made technologies, including new, clean-burning, efficient natural gas generation, which is already the technology of choice for new and planned power plants."

* The proposed standard applies to power plants built in the future -- those whose construction will start more than a year from now -- and can be met by burning fossil fuels, including natural gas and coal with technologies to reduce carbon emissions, the EPA stated.

* The EPA's regulations are responsible for the announced closure of more than 140 electricity-generating units in 19 states, Miller said, and this new regulation could increase that total.

* The Feb. 23 letter, which was submitted by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, and Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., requested President Barack Obama's acting director of the Office of Management and Budget to stop the EPA's greenhouse gas rulemaking.

* Whitfield reported the EPA's regulations could result in as many as 1.4 million job losses and would stop new coal plants from being built.

* Last year, the House of Representatives passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act to prevent the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations, Whitfield stated. The Senate did not act on the legislation.

* The EPA is seeking additional comments on this newest proposed standard, including public hearings. The comment period will be open for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register.

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