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EPA proposes air rules that may hit coal-fired power
Yahoo ^ | 3/16/11 | Timothy Gardner - Reuters

Posted on 03/16/2011 4:09:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Environmental regulators proposed rules on Wednesday that would force aging coal-fired power plants to choose between installing costly anti-pollution technology or shutting, which could ensure reliance nuclear power and natural gas.

The Environmental Protection Agency said the proposed rules, once fully implemented, will prevent 91 percent of mercury in coal from being released into the air. Power plants would have four years to meet the standards.

The EPA will take public comment for 60 days on the rules, which would require many coal-fired power plants to install scrubbers and other technologies to reduce emissions of arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases in addition to mercury, which can damage nervous systems in babies.

"Generally anything that makes coal plants more expensive is a benefit to alternative forms of generation whether they be natural gas, nuclear, or hydropower," said Paul Patterson, an analyst at Glenrock and Associates LLC in New York.

What the final rules will look like after public comment is uncertain, he added.

Coal-fired plants generate nearly 50 percent of U.S. electricity while nuclear and natural gas generate about 20 percent each.

Issuance of the rules, 20 years in the making, came in response to a court deadline.

"With the help of existing technologies we will be able to take reasonable steps that will provide dramatic protections to our children and loved ones, preventing premature deaths, heart attacks and asthma attacks," said Lisa Jackson, the EPA administrator.

She said the rules could prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks each year.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: coal; energy; epa; rules

1 posted on 03/16/2011 4:09:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Deja Vu??


2 posted on 03/16/2011 4:10:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

There’s another cost savings.....defund the EPA


3 posted on 03/16/2011 4:11:31 PM PDT by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: NormsRevenge

“As CNSNews.com has reported, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has made environmental justice a top priority for her agency. “

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2656249/posts

Credibility is like virginity. Once you lose it, you can never get it back.


4 posted on 03/16/2011 4:11:51 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: NormsRevenge

JUST WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW ISN’T IT? MORE REGULATION AND MORE EXPENSIVE ENERGY. IDIOTS.


5 posted on 03/16/2011 4:12:02 PM PDT by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: NormsRevenge

This sure looks like a deliberate choking down of the economy.

There are obviously way too many people working for the EPA.

Now where is that new Congress when you need them?


6 posted on 03/16/2011 4:12:39 PM PDT by lurk
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To: NormsRevenge

Defund the EPA NOW!

Phase in cleaner generating power over a long period of time without costing jobs.


7 posted on 03/16/2011 4:14:06 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: NormsRevenge

These guys really want to keep stabbing the corpse that’s the US economy. They must be SCARED TO DEATH that the US, under a future president, will get back on its feet and restore itself to superpower status.

They will not stop at ANYTHING...and they have nearly 2 more years.


8 posted on 03/16/2011 4:14:21 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: NormsRevenge; P-Marlowe

Just about the stupidest time in history for the EPA to again attack coal.

Obama pledged in his campaign to shut down coal. (In other words, he’s in the pocket of Arab Oil.)


9 posted on 03/16/2011 4:14:38 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain & proud of it: Truly Supporting the Troops means praying for their Victory!)
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To: NormsRevenge

“She said the rules could prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks each year.”

Another figure pulled out of her ass.


10 posted on 03/16/2011 4:18:27 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (The most dangerous place on the face of the earth is between a liberal and their money.)
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To: xzins
5.00 a gallon gas and triple electric bills to go with higher food prices.

The media says we are in a recovery? I personally don't know anyone that is doing as well as they were doing 5 years ago.

11 posted on 03/16/2011 4:18:35 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: NormsRevenge

You know, Nixon should have been impeached.

Not for Watergate, but for the EPA, CETA, and completely removing us from the gold standard.


12 posted on 03/16/2011 4:19:13 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Generally anything that makes coal plants more expensive is a benefit to alternative forms of generation whether they be natural gas, nuclear, or hydropower,”

Don’t ya just wonder who has been putting their money
into these “alternative” forms?


13 posted on 03/16/2011 4:22:25 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: xzins

No oil, no coal, no nuclear, no more natural gas [though very clean it is still a fossil fuel], destroy the dams “blocking” the rivers so no hydro, no windmills [block the view, bird Cuisinart], no desert solar plants [disrupt the mating habits of some obscure reptile or rodent].

No kerosene for lamps, definitely ditto for whale oil.

So, what form of concentrated energy will all of you “Friends of the Earth” permit us to use? Bicycle driven generators? Where does the bicycle come from, bicycle powered factories?


14 posted on 03/16/2011 4:24:59 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("All it takes for Evil to triumph is for good MEN to do nothing." Edmund Burke)
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To: NormsRevenge
...will prevent 91 percent of mercury in coal from being released into the air...

Yeah, they need to reserve the mercury for those light bulbs that shatter inside our homes.

15 posted on 03/16/2011 4:28:03 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: NormsRevenge
"Under my plan of cap and trade, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket" B. Hussein 0bama

(I left out all of the uh's and pauses, etc. of his quote)

16 posted on 03/16/2011 4:28:03 PM PDT by theymakemesick ( islam - inspired by Satan www.prophetofdoom.net)
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To: theymakemesick

No more money for the EPA and restrict ‘protection’ edicts from obama’s girl.


17 posted on 03/16/2011 4:32:12 PM PDT by yorkie01
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey all....ready to live in a Cave? that seems to be where they want to take us...


18 posted on 03/16/2011 4:38:04 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Unlike the West, the Islamic world is serious.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Perfect. Employment Prevention Agency imposes regulations that are just the absolute wrong thing to do. 100% wrong. We need to go back to regular coal and eliminate all these insane Liberal agencies


19 posted on 03/16/2011 4:38:18 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (34 States)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just wait until everyone is paying .30 per/KH. Their work will be finished.


20 posted on 03/16/2011 5:03:36 PM PDT by mmanager
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To: vpintheak

Just add an FGD scrubber and an SCR, beef up your existing air pollution control equipment and throw in some new coal crushing technology and a couple 400 foot stacks and a few water clarifiers($500 million to +1 billion per plant)and you and good to go.


21 posted on 03/16/2011 5:06:09 PM PDT by RedhairRedhair (I STILL love my (scab made) Toyota)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just doing what he promised he would do - here he is, candidate obama, laying it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V22BN4-845A


22 posted on 03/16/2011 5:09:23 PM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: NormsRevenge
It appears the EPA has absolutely no intention of heeding the very clear warning sent by Congress.

Pull the trigger, boys.

23 posted on 03/16/2011 5:11:37 PM PDT by Lazamataz (NPR is the ACORN of the media world.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Heard there were provisions in the healthcare bill preventing these despicable agencies from being defunded, any truth to this?


24 posted on 03/16/2011 5:17:50 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: NormsRevenge

Interesting this “journalists” left out the estimated $10 billion per year price tag. It will cost more than all the coal used in the US.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2689780/posts


25 posted on 03/16/2011 5:44:37 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer (biblein90days.org))
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To: NormsRevenge

the epa MUST GO


26 posted on 03/16/2011 7:11:30 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now, and in the future)
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To: The Wizard

I thought Congress had passed a law saying that EPA could no longer control CO2 or Greenhouse gasses.


27 posted on 03/16/2011 10:15:56 PM PDT by WVNan
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