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U.S. EPA Rules Deepen Concerns About Fuel-Switching

10:31 AM MDT | August 3, 2010 | Vincent Valk

U.S. EPA rules is developing regulations for coal-fired power plants that could prompt utilities to switch to natural gas-powered utilities, sources say. Such ‘fuel-switching’ has long been a concern of the U.S. chemical industry, which needs cheap and abundant natural gas as feedstock to be competitive in the global market. “We’ve been concerned for years that regulation could result in large-scale fuel switching,” ACC says. Natural gas is “the logical choice” for utilities that will need to comply with new regulations, such as the proposed mercury...

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