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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit earlier today upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mercury and air toxics (MATS) standards for power plants. Due in part to regulations like MATS, almost 300 coal-fueled generating units in 33 states have announced they will be shutting down, costing the electricity sector roughly $200 billion in compliance costs and destroying at least 544,000 jobs. Just this month in fact, the East Kentucky Power Cooperative announced it will shut down four coal-fueled plants due to staggering compliance costs for MATS.

 

“We are disappointed that the D.C. Circuit Court reaffirmed EPA’s overreaching ways by upholding the MATS rule, which EPA estimated to be one of the most expensive regulations ever put forward. Unfortunately tough news like today’s ruling is nothing new to our industry. If anything, the ruling bolsters our resolve to continue pushing back against EPA overreach and protecting American consumers, who are ultimately paying the price for this costly rule,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president of communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “All the while, EPA and its environmental group allies fail to acknowledge the great strides made by the industry to reduce emissions of all types, including those regulated under the MATS rule.”

 

Impacts of EPA’s multi-pronged rulemaking processes aimed at coal have already been seen this past winter, as coal power plant retirements have led to increased reliance on natural gas, a just-in-time fuel source that is subject to volatile price spikes that many consumers and small businesses bore the brunt of. Impacts will only increase...

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