Facing Shutdowns, Coal Power Braces For EPA Air Rules

Law360, New York (November 22, 2011, 2:21 PM EST) -- With two landmark air pollution rules by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency slated to take effect by the end of the year, coal-fired power plants are bracing for new expenses and other requirements that could result in the closing of many of the country’s aging facilities.

The EPA’s rules, which place new limits on emissions from power plants, are certain to strain part of the nation’s coal power fleet, likely leaving natural gas-fired plants and other sources to increase output to make up for the difference.

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