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Industrial Info Resources

August 09, 2011 06:15 ET

Utilities Announce Coal Plant Closures in Response to EPA Regulations, an Industrial Info News Alert

SUGAR LAND, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 9, 2011) - Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Electric utilities have announced the closure of dozens of coal-fired power plants, totaling thousands of megawatts (MW) of capacity in response to two recent power-plant emissions regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Washington, D.C.).

EPA finalized its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule in early July. This spring, the agency also released a draft rule on reducing power-plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants using Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT). The agency is expected to finalize its MACT rule later this year. Companies including American Electric Power Company Incorporated (NYSE:AEP), Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) and The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) have announced billions of dollars in emissions-control projects and the retirement of coal-fired stations.

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