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EPA Coal Ash

A cooling tower for the coal-fired Gen. James Gavin power plant looms over Cheshire, Ohio. Two coal-burning power plants in Pennsylvania were given permission by federal regulators to exceed their permitted emissions limits on Christmas weekend when gas-burning plants were unable to respond to high demand during a cold wave.

Coal came to the rescue again during last month’s arctic cold spell as power plants burning natural gas were barely able to keep up with demand.

It’s something that needs to be considered as government officials and others try to eliminate coal as a source of electricity. When power is needed most during cold spells and heat waves, coal has fulfilled its role — and more.

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