Proven pollution control technologies are available that will enable coal-fired power plants to meet the requirements of recently proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean air rules, according to a new report from Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM).
The study details commercially available emission control technologies, including scrubbers, baghouses and dry sorbent injection, which will enable coal-fired power plants to comply with two major rules recently proposed by the EPA to control air pollution and protect public health—the Transport Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (“Air Toxics Rule”).
The study found that modern pollution controls can reduce emissions, including mercury, by 90 percent or more. In addition, the electric power sector has demonstrated that it is capable of planning for and installing pollution controlson a large portion of the nation’s generating capacity in a relatively short period of time, the study found.For example, between 2008 and 2010, the industry added about 60 GW of scrubbers and 20 GW of NOx catalyst systems.
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