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Luminant to cut 500 jobs in response to new EPA rule

Luminant said Monday it must close two coal plants and three coal mines in response to new EPA rule.
Luminant said Monday it must close two coal plants and three coal mines in response to new EPA rule.Getty Images

Texas largest power generator Luminant said Monday it will have to cut 500 jobs because of EPA’s new Cross State Air Pollution Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency’s rule released earlier this summer requires Texas to cut sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by 47 percent beginning January 1, 2012.

“As always, Luminant is committed to complying fully with EPA regulations, however, meeting this unrealistic deadline forces us to take steps that will idle facilities and result in the loss of jobs”, said David Campbell, Luminant’s chief executive officer.

The company, which filed a suit in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Monday, said they must shut down two coal plants and three mines and is seeking a judicial stay of the Cross State Air Pollution Rule saying it believes the rule’s mandate for Texas is unlawful.

“The Obama Administration continues to put up road blocks for our nation’s job creators by imposing burdensome regulations based on assumptions, not facts, that will result in job losses and increased energy cost with no definite environmental benefit”, said Governor Rick Perry.

It is a sentiment echoed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

“These rules imposed on Texas without adequate notice and without adequate scientific justification will kill jobs, put the brakes on economic growth, increase energy cost and impair our energy security – all with little or no positive environmental effects” TCEQ said in a statement.

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