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NPR: New Climate Regulations Present Challenges for Coal and Gas Power Plants

The Conemaugh Generating Station in New Florence, Pa., faces tough new regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change. The EPA finalized rules requiring coal and natural gas power plants running more than 40% of the time to eliminate 90% of their carbon dioxide emissions by 2032 for existing coal plants. Environmentalists welcome the rules, predicting investments in clean energy and job creation. Despite industry concerns about grid reliability, past regulations show the power sector can adapt. The EPA projects benefits outweigh costs, estimating $370 billion in savings and preventing premature deaths and health issues. The rules are part of President Biden’s climate goals.


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