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Must-Use-CCS Law to be Tested

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007
Article Type: Cited

According to an article in the Seattle Times, a new law signed in May 2007 is about to be tested in Washington State, USA, which demands that new power plants in the state should capture and store carbon dioxide emissions unless they can prove that it is impossible.

The developers, Energy Northwest, said in their pollution control plans, that carbon storage "remains unworkable in real world practice".

A new 680 megawatt coal gas power plant is under development at Port of Kalama, Cowlitz County, Washington. Under the law, if the developers prove the carbon capture is impossible, they will need to purchase unused pollution capacity from another power station.

The Department of Ecology of the Washington Government said they thought the proposal was "too deficient to even consider".

The Energy Facility Evaluation Council has agreed to review the plan and will hear arguments during September 2007.

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