Tag: Coal


Proposed Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update: Impacts to Kentucky

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed tougher new limits on air emissions from coal-fired electrical generating units (EGUs) in nearly two dozen states that emit air pollution downwind to neighboring states along interstate border regions. On November 16, 2015, the EPA proposed an update to the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) for the 2008 ozone […]


National Steam Electric Power Effluent Guidelines Finalized

On September 30, 2015, the EPA finalized a rule revising the regulations for the Steam Electric Power Generating category that will affect certain coal-fired steam electric power plants. The rule sets the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater that can be discharged from power plants, based on technology improvements in […]


Duke Energy Coal Ash Settlement

Last week, Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric power company pleaded guilty in federal court to illegal pollution for discharging ash and water from leaking coal-ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.  The company’s plea to nine misdemeanor counts involved violations of the Clean Water Act was part of a negotiated settlement with federal […]


Kentucky's Greenhouse Gas Policy Implications White Paper

Kentucky has sent a white paper to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in order to present Kentucky’s Energy & Environment Cabinet’s ideas regarding existing power plants and ways to control and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.  The white paper can be found here. Dr. Peters, Secretary of the Energy & Environment Cabinet, asserts that this white paper is […]


The Cloudy Future of Carbon Capture Technology

It seems that as soon as one question is answered, another emerges in its wake, at least when it comes to the future of carbon capture technology.  While the EPA announced new rules for future power plants that confirmed the reliance on the technology in future coal plants, the promise of this technology took a […]