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  • New EPA rules may force the shut-down of power plants

    Approximately 32 coal-fired power plants will be forced to shut down, and an additional 36 facilities may have to shut their doors in order to comply with the new Environmental Protection Agency's federal air pollution regulations, according to an Associated Press survey.

    These plants make up some of the oldest and dirtiest facilities in the United States, and they generate incredible amounts of energy to provide for the nation's power grid. More than 22 million homes are powered by these plants, the source reports.

    The move away from these plants is being made to reduce pollutants from creating poor air quality. In the home, professional-grade air purifiers can assist in removing potentially harmful toxins for those wishing to provide better indoor air quality for their families.

    Groups on both sides of the issue are debating the potential strain the shut-downs may have on the industry, as even more units will need to be idled in order to install updates and new pollution controls to bring them up to standard.

  • Court grants Texas' appeal to delay implementing interstate air pollution rules

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the State of Texas' request to delay implementing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule on December 30.

    The EPA regulation is aimed to cut sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by posing new rules that will affect power companies in 27 states. For homes concerned about air quality until the new regulations are met, medical-grade air purifiers can assist in removing hazardous air toxins.    

    "The court’s decision to issue a stay of the EPA's legally flawed cross-state air pollution rule is a prudent one that now gives the court time to review the regulation and its burdensome effects on Texas," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

    Abbott argues that the new regulations will jeopardize the reliability of Texas' electrical grid, threaten jobs and increase energy prices. Claims have been made against the EPA suggesting that the agency failed to comply with state laws, which require Federal Agencies to include all affected parties in any rule-making process. The case should be heard this spring.

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