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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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Keeping Americans informed on energy and environmental issues is an important job. ACCCE is pleased to work with reporters, producers and editors to offer background information and interviews on an array of topics related to coal-based energy.

If you are a member of the media and have questions about ACCCE and our issues, please contact:

Laura Sheehan

Senior Vice President, Communications

Phone: 202-459-4867

E-mail: press@cleancoalusa.org

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April 15, 2014

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...

April 10, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) commended the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for its interest in electric grid reliability concerns, the topic of this morning’s hearing: “Keeping the lights on – Are we doing enough to ensure the reliability and security of the U.S. electric grid?”

“While...

April 8, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) expressed major concerns over Janet McCabe’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will conduct a hearing on her confirmation today.

 

“Janet McCabe has been...

April 7, 2014
Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) announced today that Darren Bearson has joined the trade association as senior vice president of state affairs. Darren brings a wealth of knowledge and experience managing multi-state campaigns in more than 30 states and has wide-ranging expertise in politics, policy and grassroots...

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