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    Decarbonization in the U.S.; law will block thermoelectric plants

    November 24, 2021 - CE Noticias Financieras



      Dozens of U.S. power plants will stop burning coal this decade in compliance with tougher federal wastewater guidelines, according to state regulatory filings, as the industry continues to move away from planet-warming fossil fuels for electricity generation.

      The new rules require plants to remove coal ash and toxic heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic and selenium from wastewater before it is discharged into streams and rivers. The rule is expected to affect 75 coal-fired power plants nationwide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

      Those plants had until October to tell regulators in their respective states how they planned to comply with the guidelines, with options including upgrading their pollution control equipment and retiring their coal-fired generating units by 2028.

      At least 26 plants in 14 states have already announced they will permanently stop burning coal, according to the environmental group Sierra Club. Twenty-one plants intend to close and another five have indicated they could make the switch to natural gas, the organization said.

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