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New regulation requires US coal-fired power plants to capture emissions or cease operations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a rule requiring coal-fired power plants to capture smokestack emissions or face shutdown, as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The rule is aimed at eliminating carbon pollution from the electricity sector by 2035 and economy-wide by 2050. Industry groups and Republican-leaning states are likely to challenge the rule, claiming it will harm the electric grid’s reliability. Environmental groups support the action, which is projected to reduce carbon pollution and provide significant climate and health benefits. The rule marks the first federal restriction on carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.


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