EPA Researches New Coal Technology

EPA Researches New Coal Technology

The Environmental Protection Agency is researching a new coal technology that will partially burn coal to generate gas.

Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) can lower air emissions and water use, as well as produce less solid waste. An EPA report also found that this technology could provide a more cost effective approach to capture carbon dioxide, which is produced during coal combustion.

More than 50% of electricity in the United States is generated from the burning of coal. Only two coal fired power plants in the country currently use IGCC technology; however, several companies have announced plans to build and operate additional IGCC facilities.

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