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More regulations headed to coal-fired power plants

Published On: Sep 20 2013 06:07:53 AM CDT
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 06:12:16 AM CDT

A key step in President Obama's global warming plans is moving forward and that could mean detrimental effects in our region.

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving to impose strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming, for the first time.  The regulation would re-shape where Americans get electricity, moving away from coal-dependency and moving toward cleaner sources of energy.

It's a key step in the President's global warming plans because it would help end, what he called, "the limitless dumping of carbon pollution" from power plants.

The proposed rule would require new coal-fired power plants to install expensive technology to capture carbon dioxide and bury it underground.

Republicans, and many in the coal industry, say the new rules will keep new coal plants from being built.