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Power Plant Closures Due to Environmental Regulations to Take Toll on Towns
Fox News ^ | 12/20/11

Posted on 12/21/2011 7:13:57 AM PST by Libloather

Power Plant Closures Due to Environmental Regulations to Take Toll on Towns
Published December 20, 2011 | Associated Press

For more than 90 years, the coal-fired power plant in Glen Lyn, Va., has been churning out electricity and contributing to local prosperity. Of late, it has generated nearly a quarter of the revenue for the $1 million budget of the town.

Yet when the plant ultimately shuts down to comply with new federal air pollution regulations by the end of 2014, says Town Manager Howard Spencer, so too might the community of 200.

"If the town lost all of that revenue," he says, "we would struggle to even continue to be incorporated."

An Associated Press analysis has found that more than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to close because of the new, more stringent regulations. Another 36 plants are at risk of closing.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coalpower; environmental; epa; green; greenagenda; greenpower; power; regulations
I'm gonna be ticked off if your electric clown car increases my power bill.
1 posted on 12/21/2011 7:14:02 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Hard to believe this is not deliberate sabotage of the American electric grid.


2 posted on 12/21/2011 7:19:59 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Gimme that old time fossil fuel.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Not to worry, according to the enviros, electricity comes from the plug in the wall.


3 posted on 12/21/2011 7:25:12 AM PST by anoldafvet
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To: Libloather
...and the OBozo economy continues to roll on & on.... So much for the establishment GOP...

4 posted on 12/21/2011 7:26:09 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, spend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Somewhere in the Old Executive Office Building is a Policy Wonk in size 5 black wing tips who has a White paper on why “ordinary” people do not need electricity.


5 posted on 12/21/2011 7:26:43 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Libloather

For that same period of time, the Norfolk and Western Railway, and it’s successor Norfolk Southern, has been delivering trainloads of coal to the Glen Lyn Plant.

Railroad and mining jobs will be lost as well as business who depend on those workers for their livelihood, but Obama has already demonstrated his disdain for the real people that make this country work.

I wonder if those union railroaders and miners realize how their union bosses sold them out.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 7:29:52 AM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: Libloather

Every plant operator in every state should refuse to shut down the plants.


7 posted on 12/21/2011 7:33:17 AM PST by WayneS (Let's have More Andy Taylors & Fewer Barney Fifes in Law Enforcement!!!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“Hard to believe this is not deliberate sabotage of the American electric grid.”

Of course its deliberate. Your power bill will triple and you won’t be able to afford anything but food and the electric bill. And those new smart meters will be monitoring how much electricity you are using. If you use too much they will just shut off your power for the month. No more KW’s for you til the first of the month.


8 posted on 12/21/2011 7:36:02 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Libloather
Hey Virginians, wasn't it great your state went for 0.

Elections have consequences.

George Allen sure wouldn't have supported this macaca.

9 posted on 12/21/2011 7:38:01 AM PST by Tribune7 (Vote Perry (or Gingrich maybe))
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To: Libloather

Obammy promised that your bill would “necessarily skyrocket.” We are sooooo screwed.


10 posted on 12/21/2011 7:38:50 AM PST by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Libloather

It is only going to get worse if we don’t bring the federal government under control and send some sanity to Washington.

EPA finalizes air-toxics rule for power plants, likely will unveil it today
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2011/12/20/epa-finalizes-air-toxics-rule-for-power-plants-likely-will-unveil-it-tomorrow/
Posted on December 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm by Puneet Kollipara

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce its first-ever standards for mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants today, capping a longtime debate over a rule that Republicans and some utilities have decried and environmental and health groups have hailed.

The agency said in a statement it was planning to make a “significant Clean Air Act announcement” this afternoon featuring Administrator Lisa Jackson. Stakeholders such as environmentalists say they’re virtually certain the EPA will be unveiling the long-anticipated Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants, also known as the Utility MACT rule.

The EPA confirmed it had finalized the rule in accordance with a court deadline for Dec. 16. The Utility MACT rule will require a roughly 90 percent cut in mercury emissions from generating units at more than 500 power plants running on coal and oil. The plants also will have to cut other toxic emissions such as acid gases and arsenic.

Congress first tasked the EPA with considering toxic air pollutants in the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The agency has said until now it has acted on that directive for every source of the emissions except power plants.

Environmental groups, lauding the agency for finally addressing the issue, have said cited EPA data in saying the rule would save 17,000 lives a year and reduce serious diseases. And environmentalists in Texas have noted the state’s power plants lead the nation in emissions of mercury, a metal that can cause birth defects and neurological problems. People usually ingest it when they eat seafood containing it.

Republicans in Congress, however, have alleged the Obama EPA didn’t adequately assess how the rule would affect electric-grid reliability. Some utilities have said they will have no choice but to shutter some of their power plants — which the rule’s critics say could threaten reliability and cause blackouts.

The EPA puts the cost of the rule at more than $10 billion a year — a point that Republican critics have pointed out in criticizing the rule as an example of regulatory overreach. But the EPA says the health benefits of the rule would exceed the costs by anywhere from five- to 13-fold. The agency also has rejected the notion its air rules would cause blackouts, saying they’ve never done so in 40 years.


11 posted on 12/21/2011 7:40:19 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: manic4organic

Maybe like Jimmah Peanut, he’ll have them all wear sweaters.


12 posted on 12/21/2011 7:48:45 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Libloather; WL-law; Berlin_Freeper; Horusra; Darnright; rdl6989; bamahead; Nervous Tick; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

13 posted on 12/21/2011 7:49:31 AM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Libloather

Somewhere, JOHN GALT IS SMILING.......


14 posted on 12/21/2011 7:52:20 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Libloather
“He stepped to the window and pointed to the skyscrapers of the city. He said that we had to extinguish the lights of the world, and when we would see the lights of New York go out, we would know that our job was done. ” --- John Galt --- ― Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.........
15 posted on 12/21/2011 7:54:42 AM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: Libloather

This is all part of The Bamster’s laser-like focus on”Creating Jobs”.The rest of us just aren’t smart enough to realize it!!As Presidential-Historian(Michael Beschloss)said to Don Imus:”Obama Is Probably The Most Intelligent Man To Ever Occupy The Oval Office”.Imus then asked him what Obama’s IQ was.Bescloss,hesitated and replied that he didn’t know but it was very high.What kind of CRAP is this that puts a virtual”Mystery Man”into the office of POTUS?There was(virtually)NO VETTING by The MSM to find out what he believes or.................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


16 posted on 12/21/2011 7:58:05 AM PST by bandleader
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To: thackney
Stakeholders such as environmentalists say they’re virtually certain the EPA will be unveiling the long-anticipated Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants, also known as the Utility MACT rule.

That's interesting... there was a lengthy article in ChemicalWeek magazine this week that said the EPA had agreed to re-visit the rules, and has dramatically scaled back the limits they were going to propose. In addition, at the behest of industry lobbyist, they added a bunch of sub-categories for exceptions that would allow most power plants additional time to comply.

The article did say the rules would be announced soon... with time for public comment before implementation in the Spring of 2012. They made it sound like some major concessions were granted.

17 posted on 12/21/2011 7:59:47 AM PST by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

New Mexico ping


18 posted on 12/21/2011 7:59:58 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Holy, Holy, Holy..."God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity")
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To: Libloather

Well, it looks like Va., Oh., and In. are getting what they voted for.


19 posted on 12/21/2011 8:00:03 AM PST by Round 9
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To: Libloather

****the coal-fired power plant in Glen Lyn, Va., has been churning out electricity and contributing to local prosperity.****

Same in our county. 40 years ago this county was firmly held in an economic stranglehold by the CHICKEN MEN and their CHICKEN CATCHERS. You worked for their starvation wages or you didn’t work.

Then on the East side of the county, a Mom & Pop 5&10 store bought some bankrupt Ben Franklin stores, branched out and became WALMART.

37 years ago, on the West side of the county, a 550 MW coal fired power plant was being built, and brought prosperity, and BROKE the stranglehold of the chicken men.
The enviros prophecied gloom and doom for our area. Instead, the plant property has the largest bass in the area, the forest areas are deer factories pumping out deer like you would not believe. And prosperity has hit this area like a ton of bricks!

Now we have a large supply of Bald Eagles winter here every winter.

So now the enviros are trying to get new air regulations to hamstring the plant. this is in Arkansas where the man responsible for the plant (John Turk) said he would never build another plant in Arkansas because of the tough air standards.

Now the coal fired John Turk plant is being built east of Texarkana..


20 posted on 12/21/2011 8:09:06 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Red Badger
A town of 200 has a budget of $1,000,000 ?

Shrug

21 posted on 12/21/2011 8:10:05 AM PST by justrepublican (Screaming like a "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: Libloather

I sure hope that a Republican president elected in 2012, working with Republicans in Congress, can pass legislation to get rid of inane rules such as forcing power plants to shut down. And, in general, rein in the EPA. How is it that the EPA has so much power? Aren’t cabinet level agencies such as EPA under the oversight of Congress and the President? How is it that EPA became a power unto itself?????


22 posted on 12/21/2011 8:10:50 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Libloather

Here in NC, Buck Steam plant which is right down the road from me is being shutdown. Duke power is building a natural gas fired plant on the same property. Duke tried to raise rates 17% but have backed down to 7% after public outcry. Of course, most of the public is too stupid to realize why their rates are skyrocketting, prefering to blame it all on Duke CEOs. Duke is coincidently also guaranteeing something like $10 million for the DNC in Charlotte.


23 posted on 12/21/2011 8:12:33 AM PST by lwd
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To: WayneS

It’s a great opportunity for them to jack up their rates.


24 posted on 12/21/2011 8:14:41 AM PST by lwd
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To: lwd

Duke Energy CEO: Cap-and-Trade Plan Would Raise Electric Rates 40%

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2195896/posts

same guy?


25 posted on 12/21/2011 8:20:13 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

I fully belive that they may have only delayed some limits rather than eliminated them.

I suspect major concessions will sound like: “we were going to ask for the whole world, but scaled it back 5 continents and 3 oceans.


26 posted on 12/21/2011 8:20:30 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Yankee

No need to worry, we’ll produce all the power we needs by cluttering the landscape with zillions of wind turbines and solar panels. /s


27 posted on 12/21/2011 8:21:32 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Libloather

They will, here your hope, now give them your change.


28 posted on 12/21/2011 8:22:25 AM PST by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Yep. James Rogers, democratic stooge:

http://www.nationalreview.com/planet-gore/282627/duke-energy-funding-dnc-convention-greg-pollowitz


29 posted on 12/21/2011 8:29:21 AM PST by lwd
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Aren’t there also new regulations that limit using wood stoves or even require replacing wood stoves with inefficient ones?


30 posted on 12/21/2011 9:04:43 AM PST by tbw2
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To: justrepublican

That covers a police man and a small school.


31 posted on 12/21/2011 9:06:18 AM PST by tbw2
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To: Libloather

Liberal idiocy serves no purpose but to destroy humanity.


32 posted on 12/21/2011 9:13:31 AM PST by pallis
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To: WayneS
Every plant operator in every state should refuse to shut down the plants.

If ANY state had a leader with a true love of Liberty and a reverence for our Constitution, it would happen.

Such a leader would post the National Guard outside the plant, order ALL EPA facilities in the state shut down and dare the Feds to do something.

Sadly, there no NO governors today who has anywhere near the boldness and convictions of any of our Founders. We are being led by weak men.

33 posted on 12/21/2011 9:14:10 AM PST by sand88
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To: Libloather
3 plants to close in Wisconsin ... rolling blackouts predicted ... new manufacturing jobs will close, no new hires, death of many elderly due to winter cold exposure ... and so on ... change we all can believe in.
34 posted on 12/21/2011 9:16:10 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Maybe like Jimmah Peanut, he’ll have them all wear sweaters.

Yes indeed, his Muslim Brotherhood friends are busy knitting as we speak.


35 posted on 12/21/2011 9:18:01 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: manic4organic
We are sooooo screwed.

Anybody ready to overturn Wickard v Filburn yet?

36 posted on 12/21/2011 9:21:25 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tbw2

I think all the new woodstoves have to be more energy efficient. On the bright side that means less smoke. So in a SHTF situation its a good thing.


37 posted on 12/21/2011 9:21:32 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Libloather

If I recall correctly, these new regulations include ever decreasing carbon emissions caps.


38 posted on 12/21/2011 9:56:24 AM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: justrepublican

“budget of $1,000,000 “

Schools are paid out of county budgets. I tried googling to find the town budget (incorporated “towns” are still part of counties in VA, as opposed to incorporated “cities” which are independeant). I could only find tax rates associated w/the county (Giles).

Presuming gov’t abuse like everywhere else, I’d venture a guess that 1 mill covers 500k of wage and benefits of 2 guys. Or perhaps it’s 333k for 2 guys w/the remaining 333 covering the retirement of their predecessors.


39 posted on 12/21/2011 10:03:31 AM PST by fruser1
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To: bandleader
As Presidential-Historian(Michael Beschloss)said to Don Imus:”Obama Is Probably The Most Intelligent Man To Ever Occupy The Oval Office”.Imus then asked him what Obama’s IQ was.Bescloss,hesitated and replied that he didn’t know but it was very high.

Bill Clinton must be really pissed! He used to be the smartest president ever as well as the first black president. Now Obama has upstaged him on both fronts.

40 posted on 12/21/2011 11:00:24 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: Red Badger

41 posted on 12/21/2011 11:08:55 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Luckily we’re having a very warm winter (so far) here in NW Florida.................


42 posted on 12/21/2011 12:13:14 PM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: justrepublican

Here in Florida, you can’t incorporate under 5000 people, IIRC.........


43 posted on 12/21/2011 12:14:19 PM PST by Red Badger (Every child should have a meadow to play in..............)
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To: thackney
The Utility MACT rule will require a roughly 90 percent cut in mercury emissions

Why stop there?

Why not require a 100% cut in emissions?

Utopia is achievable and the cost doesn't matter so these enviro nuts think.

Heck, why not just demand that electricity magically happen? These leftist nutcases seem to think they can just demand the impossible and it happens.

44 posted on 12/21/2011 5:06:15 PM PST by SteamShovel (Smart Grid is Stupid)
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