Over the last four years, the Obama Administration has taken active steps to reduce America’s dependence on coal for electricity generation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has directly targeted electric generating facilities with regulations regarding mercury emissions, greenhouse gas standards, requirements for cooling water intake structures, and disposal requirements for coal combustion byproducts. These regulations alone have the potential to either drive up the price of coal-fired generation or force the closure of numerous coal-fired electric generating units across the country.
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