The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports:
Proposed regulations for new power plants could slam a door that’s already closing fast for the reeling coal industry, industry officials and experts said Thursday.
Coal has been struggling to grow as fast as natural gas, solar and wind, and now it will be forced to innovate if it will survive, local experts said Thursday. The Environmental Protection Agency likely will require that new coal-fired plants trap and store their carbon pollution, a mandate that would virtually block construction if coal ever again becomes competitive with gas, several wire services reported.
“I doubt however that few in the gas industry are finding comfort in the EPA’s tactics against the coal industry,” said Gary E. Slagel, a former Consol advisor who now works at the energy law firm Steptoe & Johnson. “Natural gas will likely be the next in line with increased federal requirements.”