July 1999

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: Coal industry echoes energy's restructuring

"Electric power is the indispensable ingredient for a modern economy, and coal is the indispensable fuel for electric power." So says National Mining Association President and CEO Richard Lawson. A..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

"Electric power is the indispensable ingredient for a modern economy, and coal is the indispensable fuel for electric power." So says National Mining Association President and CEO Richard Lawson. Addressing the future of the coal industry at an industry forum, Lawson discussed two recent court decisions. The first rejected the U.S. EPA's new and wider national restrictions by regulation on the use of coal for electric power. The second decision has blocked indefinitely the earlier imposition of tighter restrictions on the use of coal for power in specific states. If the first court ruling is upheld, "the court's reasoning on regulatory overreach may be applied ultimately in other

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