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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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February 24, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) underscored the high stakes in today’s Supreme Court case: Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA. While the case is just one small piece of President Obama’s climate change initiative, the Court’s decision on the rule’s legality could fundamentally alter America’s economy and...

February 20, 2014

Poorest, Most Vulnerable Paying the Greatest Price

 

Washington, D.C. – A new study, “Energy Cost Impacts on American Families,” confirms that growing family energy costs and declining household incomes are disproportionally impacting families across the country. The study found that overall the poorest, most...

February 20, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) criticized remarks made by President Obama at a press conference yesterday in Mexico with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Pena Nieto.
 

The president noted that the State Department’s review of the Keystone XL pipeline project was “...

February 19, 2014

Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) blasted Secretary of State John Kerry for comments he made at a speech this weekend in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he called climate change “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” He went on to compare climate change to terrorism, epidemics and poverty and...

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