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Clean Coal exhibit at Festival

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

ROCKVILLE -- The American Coalition for Clean Coal Technology (ACCCE) currently has a mobile exhibit as part of its "Clean Coal Technology. It Works," tour at the Covered Bridge Festival.

The exhibit, which is on an eight-state tour, informs people about the benefits of coal and the success of clean coal technology. The exhibit will be on site through Sunday.

"We want more people here in the region to understand how clean coal technology is already at work in communities around the country," President and CEO of ACCCE Steve Miller said. "Clean coal technology has played an important role in our past and can play an important role in our future if we make the right investments."

Clean coal technology refers to many different technologies that exist, or are being developed, to reduce air emissions from coal-fueled power plants. Most of these technologies can be retrofitted on existing plants, while others are incorporated into the design of new plants.

In the past 30 years, America's coal-based electricity providers have invested more than $90 billion in technologies to reduce emissions of major air pollutants. These investments have paid great dividends for the environment.

The EPA's latest analyses show that sulfur dioxide emissions are 71 percent lower than in 1980, while nitrogen dioxide emissions are 46 percent lower -- even as the use of coal to generate electricity has almost tripled.

Coal plays a critical role in Indiana supporting jobs and delivering electricity to 93 percent of Indiana residents every year. More than 18,000 Hoosiers make their living directly from producing electricity from coal.

The "Clean Coal Technology. It Works," tour is sponsored by the ACCCE, a national, non-profit organization.

For more information about the ACCCE, visit www.americaspower.org.

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In spite of strong, relentless lobbying by the coal industry, there is no doubt that Federal regulations have forced reductions in emissions caused by the industrial burning of coal. However, I would like to remind readers that in addition to these emissions, there remain many other sources of pollution which are part of mining, hauling, and burning coal. These include significant pollution of streams and water by mining tailings, emissions from internal combustion mining equimpent and trucks hauling coal, and fly ash and other residuals left over from the boal burning facilities.

Regardless of the spin put on this subject by special interest groups, there is simply no argument to hide the fact that regardless of the reduced emissions forced by government regulations, "clean" coal is very dirty. The solution is to invest in and benefit from other sources of renewable energy including wind and water. Studies prove that there is an abundance of energy from wind to eliminate the need for "dirty" technology.

-- Posted by cfs on Sat, Oct 16, 2010, at 8:49 AM

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