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.