Stricter EU rules on airborne emissions will likely cause several coal-fired power plants to close, but the number of closures will depend on how ambitious governments are when setting national targets.
The European Commission published new standards for airborne pollutants on Friday that set tighter regulations for emissions of nitrous oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), mercury and tiny pieces of harmful dust known as particulate matter (PM). Coal-fired power facilities emit relatively high levels of these pollutants, depending on how efficient the plants are.
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