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POWER PLANTS IN SOUTHEAST AFFECTED BY NEW EPA RULES

 POWER PLANTS IN SOUTHEAST AFFECTED BY NEW EPA RULES
 ATLANTA, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-four electric power plants


in the Southeast will be affected by new EPA rules cutting annual emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in half -- a 10 million ton yearly reduction from 1980 levels by the year 2010.
 To ensure the SO2 reduction, EPA will set a permanent national cap on utility SO2 emissions of just under 9 million tons annually and allow trading of emissions allowances.
 The SO2 reduction will be accomplished in two phases: Phase I begins in 1995 and affects 110 of the largest, highest emitting power plants, mostly coal-burning utilities in 21 eastern and midwestern states; Phase II, which begins in the year 2000, further reduces emissions for the 110 large plants and sets restrictions on the remaining 800 plants throughout the country.
 The 24 sources in the southeastern United States include 72 units affected under Phase I of the acid rain rule. The Phase I affected sources are located in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia. The Phase II affected sources are in South Carolina and North Carolina, and in the states listed above.
 The affected sources will achieve emission reductions by switching from high sulfur coal to cleaner burning low sulfur coal; shifting some of their energy production capacity from dirtier units to cleaner ones; or installing new scrubber technology. To achieve the SO2 emission reductions, the affected sources also will utilize a market-based "allowance" trading program.
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 /CONTACT: Beverly T. Hudson, EPA Air Enforcement, 404-347-5014, or Hagan Thompson, press office, 404-347-3004, both of the United States Environmental Protection Agency/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency ST: Georgia IN: SU: EXE


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