The coal industry has strongly criticised new regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The new EPA rules, announced on 20 September, impose limits on carbon emissions from all future coal and natural gas plants to be built. The new regulations, based on the US Clean Air Act, were welcomed by green groups but strongly criticised by the coal industry.
The new proposal would impose separate limits for gas and coal-fired plants. Coal-fired plants constructed under the rules would be able to emit no more than 1100 lb of CO2/MWh. Small gas-fired plants would also be limited to 1100 lb of CO2, while larger gas plants would have a stricter 1000 lb limit.
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