EPA Finalizes Coal Plant Emission Rule


"EPA aims to slash air pollution from plants east of the Rocky Mountains."

Reuters, Timothy Gardner and Tom Doggett

U.S. environmental regulators finalized a rule on Thursday to slash air pollution from power plants east of the Rocky Mountains, government sources said.

The measure, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule, will add costs for some coal-fired power plants, but should cut healthcare bills for Americans. Industry sources said it resembled a draft rule issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last year, industry sources said.

The EPA would reduce power plant sulfur dioxide emissions by 73% by 2014, from 2005 levels, when combined with state environmental laws. It will cut nitrogen oxide emissions by 54% by 2014.

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