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EPA Questions Benefits of Mercury Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it calculates the benefits of reducing mercury and air pollution emissions from coal-fired power plants, which advocates fear could lead to looser pollution limits in the future.

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Mercury Rules Survive Supreme Court Setback

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had not properly considered the cost to industry of its mercury emission regulations, a panel of federal judges have allowed the agency to move ahead.

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Clean Power Plan Clears Legal Hurdle

Challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan are now going through the legal system.

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EPA limits coal plants’ toxic discharges. Finally.

Finally, the EPA is taking action on cleaning up toxic wastewater discharges from the nation’s power plants. A new rule out this week updates standards from 32 years ago, which virtually granted license to utilities to discharge unlimited toxins into streams, rivers and lakes.

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The Export Enigma: Appalachian Coal’s Complicated Outlets Overseas

By Brian Sewell Recently, coal exports have provided operators in Appalachia with a crucial buffer against the market-driven forces that are shaping the energy landscape across the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, between 2009 and 2011,

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