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In Latest Move On Climate, Obama Administration Halts Coal Leasing

A haul truck at Alpha Natural Resources' Eagle Butte coal mine. Alpha recently declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The federal government has temporarily halted coal leasing on public lands while it reviews its coal program. Forty percent of the coal mined in the United States comes from publicly-owned minerals beneath federal land, mostly in Wyoming. The government review will address whether taxpayers are getting a fair return on that coal, as well as how to square the coal program with the country’s new climate goals. Continue Reading →

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Coal-Fired Power Plants Clean Up Their Act

The Homer City Generating Station in Indiana County, Pennsylvania is installing pollution controls that will reduce dangerous emissions of sulfur dioxide and mercury by more than 90 percent.

The bulk of this region's electricity is still supplied by coal-fired power plants. Even before the new Clean Power Plan is implemented, those plants must comply with earlier EPA regulations that require dangerous air pollutants to be scrubbed from emissions. Its an expensive and challenging retrofit. Continue Reading →

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