FirstEnergy To Shutter 6 Plants Over New EPA Rules

Law360, New York (January 26, 2012, 6:51 PM EST) -- Citing the burden of new federal regulations concerning airborne pollutants, FirstEnergy Corp. announced Thursday that it will close six coal-fired power plants before September.

The company said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, finalized in December, and other unspecified environmental regulations were the driving force behind the decision to close the plants. The new rule, for the first time, enacts federal standards requiring power plants to limit emissions of toxic air pollutants such as mercury, arsenic and metals.

The plants, which are...
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