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Southern Balks at Carbon Capture Requirement

Carbon captureSouthern Co. has voiced opposition to a federal proposal to require new coal-fired power plants to capture their carbon emissions.

The company is building the nation’s only commercial carbon capture power plant.

At a public hearing at the EPA headquarters in Washington, industry representatives said the agency went too far in its proposed limits on carbon-dioxide emissions from new power plants, Businessweek reports.

The technology isn’t commercially available and doesn’t have the rules in place to govern its use, they said.

Southern said the plant it’s building in Kemper, Miss., is not a national model.

The EPA in September released a draft of the rules that effectively require new coal-fired plants to capture and store a portion of the carbon dioxide they produce.

Experiences gained from the Kemper County energy facility are needed before the technology can be considered adequately demonstrated, officials told the EPA.

The EPA proposal sets a standard of emissions for new natural gas plants that they can achieve without carbon capture.

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