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New regulations from the EPA would require plants to capture emissions and potentially shut down

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule requiring coal-fired power plants to capture emissions or shut down, as part of the Biden administration’s efforts to reduce planet-warming pollution. The rules aimed to eliminate carbon pollution from the electricity sector by 2035 and economy-wide by 2050. The rules also included measures to reduce toxic wastewater pollutants and manage coal ash. Despite industry and Republican opposition, environmental groups praised the rules as necessary to combat climate change. The rules marked the first time the federal government restricted carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and set standards to control carbon pollution from future electric plants.


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