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EPA’s Easing of Carbon Controls Seen Hurting Clean-Coal Momentum

Dec. 6, 2018, 9:05 PM

The EPA wants to open the door for new coal plants, but may instead dampen progress for the greenhouse gas capture technology that coal facilities will need to survive in a carbon-constrained world.

Plans the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Dec. 6 to redo Obama-era carbon controls for new and modified coal-fired power plants would remove a requirement for new facilities to install partial carbon-capture technology. Instead, these plants would have softer limits they could meet by increasing efficiency.

The EPA is proposing to reverse a finding from the Obama administration that carbon capture and storage is “adequately demonstrated” and...

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