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Texas utility to idle boilers, mines in response to new EPA rule

Luminant, the largest electricity producer in Texas, announced this morning that it will shut down two of its coal-fired boilers and close three lignite coal mines in response to a recent clampdown on interstate air pollution by U.S. EPA. To meet tougher limits on sulfur dioxide, a chemical that causes soot, haze and acid rain, the company will idle two units with a combined capacity of 1,200 megawatts at the Monticello Steam Electric Station in northeastern Texas. The third boiler at the Monticello plant, along with both of the boilers at the Big Brown Steam Electric Station near Fairfield, Texas, will be equipped to start burning low-sulfur coal from the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.

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