Purdue News

March 11, 2005

Experts can talk about coal pollution reduction

Purdue University experts can talk about the Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations regarding coal pollution quotas affecting Indiana and 27 other states, which were announced Thursday (March 10).

The Clean Air Interstate Rule guidelines apply to reductions in smog-forming nitrogen oxides and soot-producing sulfur dioxide. The agency predicts that the rule will prevent 17,000 premature deaths and 700,000 cases annually of bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory ailments in individuals living near coal-burning power plants.

A state-funded center based at Purdue is overseeing three studies to investigate how to reduce Indiana's dependence on imported coal by using new low-polluting plants and upgrading existing power-generating facilities.

The Center for Coal Technology Research advisory panel, working with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's Office of Energy Policy, approved the state-funded studies on Feb. 22.

The studies will explore how to reduce coal imports by constructing new low-polluting plants and designing clean-coal technologies. Coal experts are Tom Sparrow, director of the coal research center and a Purdue professor of industrial engineering and agricultural economics; Brian H. Bowen, a research associate for the coal research center; and Marty Irwin, director of the Indiana Office of Energy Policy.

CONTACT: Sparrow, (765) 494-7043, fts@ecn.purdue.edu; Bowen, (765) 494-1873, bhbowen@purdue.edu; Irwin, (317) 232-7578, mirwin@commerce.in.gov


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