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Freed from Carbon Capture Rule, Coal Power’s Outlook Still Dim

Dec. 6, 2018, 6:48 PM

The Trump administration wants to remove a key barrier to constructing new coal-fired power plants in the U.S.—but don’t expect any utilities to actually build them.

The Environmental Protection Agency Dec. 6 proposed easing Obama-era limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified coal power plants, including a change that would remove a de facto requirement to use expensive carbon-capture technology at the sites.

“EPA’s proposal would rescind excessive burdens on America’s energy providers and level the playing field so that new energy technologies can be part of America’s future,” Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

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