21 Dec 2011

FAST FIX: At least 32 coal-fired power plants in U.S. headed for closure due to new EPA pollution rules

Written by Jim Pierobon

The hotly debated Air Toxics Rule and Cross State Air Pollution Rule now slated for enactment in three years by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are destined to close at least 32 coal-fired power plants throughout the U.S. each with an average age of 51 years.

This according to a survey of 55 power plant operators and EPA data by the Associated Press (AP). Depending on several factors, an additional 36 coal-fired plants may be on the chopping block. All totaled, the AP survey found that the new rules could result in more than 8 percent of the coal-fired generation nationwide being retired.

Click here to see a table displaying plants that are set to retire or may retire.

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