Has the EPA shut down any coal plants because they pollute too much?

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    According to the August, 18, 2011, Washington Post article, it stated in “over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated”. This will force the closure of many coal plants between now and 2017.

    FirstEnergy Corp. generation subsidiaries will retire six older coal-fired power plants located in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland by September 1, 2012. This will take effect this year and more are to come.

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