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Backstory: The EPA's New Rule for Coal-Fired Power Plants

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants. On today’s Backstory, Washington Post environment reporter Juliet Eilperin discusses why many are saying that the rule, which was years in the making, will mean the end of new coal-fired power plants.

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Comments [2]

Hugh Sansom

One outcome of the Obama administration's foot-dragging was to allow coal-based energy firms to submit plans for new plants and thus get them in under the EPA's allowance for any plants formally planned before the end of 2013.

Mar. 29 2012 01:30 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Haven't coal co's. been getting around the rule on other kinds of pollution for years by doing nominal "upgrades" to their existing plants? What's to keep them from doing the same in regard to greenhouse gases?

Mar. 29 2012 01:18 PM

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