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Report: Power plant mercury rule won’t cause power outages

WASHINGTON, DC — “New Environmental Protection Agency regulations that limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants will not cause widespread power outages, according to the Congressional Research Service.

“[I]t is unlikely that electric reliability will be harmed by the rule,” the nonpartisan CRS said in a Jan. 9 report first flagged Wednesday by BNA, a trade publication.

The regulations — which require coal- and oil-fired power plants to install technology to reduce harmful air pollution — might cause some plants to shut down, but the electric system has the capacity to make up for the closures, the report stated.

‘[A]lthough the rule may lead to the retirement or derating of some facilities, almost all of the capacity reductions will occur in areas that have substantial reserve margins,’ the report stated.”

— Andrew Rustuccia, The Hill

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