EPA Mercury Rule Impact on Coal Bigger Than Carbon: Norris

The EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas emission limits for existing power plants “won’t be as impactful” on coal-fired generators as the agency’s mercury emissions limits, FERC commissioner John Norris says at an industry conference in New York City. * “A lot of the coal plants that were going to go away are going to be retired” as a result of mercury rule * The U.S. is “already almost halfway” to meeting the emissions targets set under the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas rule, thanks to the 2005 base year selected by the agency * “I see it more as operational, not that there won’t be resource impacts”

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