Lexington – The following statement may be attributed to Tyler White, President of the Kentucky Coal Association, in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed revisions to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for carbon dioxide emissions from new coal-fired power plants.
“This reasonable proposal is vital to keeping Americans safe by ensuring that our nation can construct efficient, reliable and resilient new coal-fired power plants. Coal is the backbone of American energy, providing 30 percent of the nation’s energy and nearly 80 percent of Kentucky’s. If adopted, the proposed NSPS will ensure that coal can continue to provide grid resiliency and security for American energy dominance for years to come through the use of demonstrated technologies rather than technologies that remain unproven and uneconomical.”
“If adopted, the proposed NSPS — established under Section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act — would replace the current NSPS that were adopted in 2015. The current NSPS are based on the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which is a promising but not economically viable technology for coal-fired power plants. Requiring the use of CCS technology effectively banned new coal plants by making them prohibitively expensive.”
-American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity