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DEC 2018

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December 2018 13 news continued cies' proposal, traditional navigable waters, tributaries to those waters, certain ditches, certain lakes and ponds, impoundments of jurisdictional waters, and wetlands ad- jacent to jurisdictional waters would be federally regulated. It also details what are not "waters of the United States," such as features that only contain water during or in response to rainfall (e.g., ephemeral fea- tures); groundwater; many ditches, includ- ing most roadside or farm ditches; prior converted cropland; stormwater control features; and waste treatment systems. The agencies said this proposed defi- nition appropriately identifies waters that should be subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act while respecting the role of states and tribes in managing their own land and water resources. States and many tribes have existing regulations that apply to waters within their borders, whether or not they are considered "waters of the United States," they said. The proposal gives states and tribes more flexibility in determining how best to manage their land and water resources while protecting the nation's navigable waters, the EPA said. "States have an important role in safe- guarding land and water resources, and the EPA and the Corps' newly proposed WOTUS definition restores the proper balance between state and federal envi- ronmental protections outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the Clean Water Act," National Mining Association President and CEO Hal Quinn said. The EPA and the Corps are also explor- ing ways the agencies can work with fed- eral, state, and tribal partners to develop a data or mapping system that could pro- vide a clearer understanding of the pres- ence or absence of jurisdictional waters. There will be a 60-day comment peri- od on the proposed rule. An informational webcast will also be held on January 10, 2019, as well as a listening session on the proposed rule in Kansas City, Kansas, on January 23, 2019. More information including a pre- publication version of the Federal Regi- ster notice, the supporting analyses and fact sheets are available at wotus-rule. Peabody Completes Acquisition of Shoal Creek Mine Peabody announced it has completed its purchase of the Shoal Creek seaborne metallurgical coal mine from private coal producer Drummond Company Inc. for $387 million. The acquisition includes the mine, preparation plant and logistical as- sets, and excludes legacy liabilities other than reclamation. "This accretive Shoal Creek purchase represents a tremendous step in Peabody's commitment to upgrade our seaborne metallurgical coal portfolio and target the highly attractive seaborne demand cen- ters," said Peabody President and CEO Glenn Kellow. "We believe the Shoal Creek acquisition clearly meets our strict invest- Peabody Hands Out Awards for Clean Coal Technologies On December 5, Peabody presented its Fifth Annual Peabody Global Clean Coal Leadership Awards, which highlights best-in-class clean coal technologies, at POWER-GEN International in Orlando, Florida. The company recognized examples of leadership and innovation among coal-fueled generating plants and projects, with honorees represented from China, India and the United States. "Coal is an essential part of the global energy mix, and technolo- gy is the path to a future of energy security, economic progress and en- vironmental solutions," said Peabody President and CEO Glenn Kellow. "As a long-time advocate for high-efficiency, low-emissions and carbon capture technologies, Peabody applauds this year's honorees for their exceptional work in advancing these key areas." This year, Peabody named top performers within the categories of High-Efficiency Low-Emissions Leadership and Innovation; High-Effi- ciency and Sustainability Leadership and Innovation; and Carbon Cap- ture and Storage Pioneer. The award honorees included: Huaibei Shenergy Power Generation Co. Ltd. – Honored for High-Effi- ciency Low-Emissions Leadership and Innovation. The 1,350-megawatt ultra-supercritical coal-fueled generation unit is currently under con- struction in China and is expected to be among the most efficient coal-fu- eled generating plants in the world. Commission is targeted in 2020. Nabha Power Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Larsen & Toubro – Recognized for High-Efficiency and Sustainability Leadership and Innovation. The 1,400-megawatt power plant in Rajpura, Punjab, achieved the best heat rate and auxiliary power consumption in India's 660-megawatt class for fiscal year 2017-2018 and has 100% dry fly ash utilization and zero liquid discharge. Wyoming Integrated Test Center – Named Carbon Capture and Stor- age Pioneer. The test center is one of the few research and testing facilities at an operating coal-fueled generating plant and offers space for researchers to test carbon, capture, utilization and storage technol- ogies using 20 megawatts of coal-based flue gas. Additional research will look at taking carbon emissions from flue gas and turning it into a marketable commodity. "Our 2018 recipients reinforce the major environmental benefits that can be achieved using today's advanced coal-fueled generation technologies as well as the tremendous possibilities for technology in the future," said Vice President of Coal Generation and Emissions Tech- nologies Holly Krutka. The Peabody Global Clean Coal Leadership Awards program was established in 2014 to showcase coal-fueled power plants for top en- vironmental performance, highlight innovative leadership and improve education about the benefits of clean coal technologies. % a w a r d s The 1,400-megawatt Nabha Power Plant near Rajpura, India.

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