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No Boost to Coal-fired Generation If EPA Tweaks Mercury Rule

Aug. 30, 2018, 10:00 AM

Coal-fired power plants won’t benefit from any change the EPA makes to its toxic air pollution standards, lawyers and analysts told Bloomberg Environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency is drafting a proposal that will question whether it was “appropriate and necessary” for the agency to set standards in 2012 for mercury and other toxic air pollution emitted by existing power plants. It also told Bloomberg Environment it will consider the “standards set by the rule itself.”

Under this upcoming proposal, the EPA may decide to change or even revoke the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS (RIN: 2060-AP52,...

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