01 Mar '12, 2am

Old Coal Plants Shift Blame As Well As Costs: Pollution rules aren't closing coal power plants.

On February 16, the day the Environmental Protection Agency's rule limiting power plant mercury emissions hit the Federal Register, the National Mining Association petitioned a federal appeals court for a review. The group was quick to argue that FirstEnergy's announced plans to close nine coal-fired power plants was the fault of the rule. FirstEnergy itself made the same claim when it said the nine plants, totaling more than 3,300 megawatts of capacity and located in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, will be shuttered by September 1. Not so fast, says a report published the same day by energy analyst Susan Tierney, who served as assistant energy secretary during the Clinton administration and as a Massachusetts utility commissioner under Republican and Democratic governors. Tierney said there's a lot more going on in the energy market that is to coal's disa...

Full article: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/rep...

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