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Regulatory: Considering energy regulations—Coal

A recent EPA decision will have an important impact on the future use of our baseline fuel.

Consideration of energy regulation must begin with coal—the baseline fuel for the American economy.

Coal accounts for 45 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S., and coal-fired plants are the nation’s single largest source of air pollution. While local opposition to siting new plants is a perennial concern, the major controversies over coal as an energy source involve air pollution regulations intended to reduce the adverse health effects of toxic chemicals in smokestack emissions and, increasingly, to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Disputes over air pollution rules for coal-fired electricity plants have dominated the battles between Congress and the Obama Administration over regulatory policy.

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John Cooney

John F. Cooney is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Venable.

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