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  • Cleaned-Up Coal and Clean Air: Facts About Air Quality and Coal-Fired Power Plants

  • November 20, 2017

  • Coal-fired electricity generation is far cleaner today than ever before. The popular misconception that our air quality is getting worse is wrong, as shown by EPA’s air quality data. Modern coal plants, and those retrofitted with modern technologies to reduce pollution, are a success story and are currently providing 30 percent of our electricity. Undoubtedly, pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants will continue to decrease as technology improves. Executive Summary America’s improving air quality is an untold success story. Even before Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970, air qu...
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Coal-fired electricity generation is far cleaner today than ever before. The popular misconception that our air quality is getting worse is wrong, as shown by EPA’s air quality data. Modern coal plants, and those retrofitted with modern technologies to reduce pollution, are a success story and are currently providing 30 percent of our electricity. Undoubtedly, pollution emitted by coal-fired power plants will continue to decrease as technology improves. Executive Summary America’s improving air quality is an untold success story. Even before Congress passed the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970, air qu... Read More
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