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JUN 2019

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16 June 2019 u.s. news continued c a l e n d a r o f e v e n t s August 27-28, 2019: Illinois Mining Institute, Marion, Illinois. Contact: Web: August 27-29, 2019: AIMEX, Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, Australia. Contact: Web: September 11-13, 2019: Bluefield Coal Show, Brushfork Armory, Bluefield, West Virginia. Contact: Web: www.bluefieldchamber. com/bluefield-coal-show. October 8-10, 2019: Coal Association of Canada Conference, Vancouver, Canada. Contact: Web: October 30-November 2, 2019: China Coal & Mining Expo, New China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, China. Contact: Web: November 5-7, 2019: MetCoke World Summit 2019, Nash- ville, Tennessee. Contact: Web: metcoke-summit. November 13-15, 2019: XIX International Coal Preparation Congress & Expo 2019, New Delhi, India. Contact: Web: November 24-28, 2019: International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland. Contact: Web: U.S. News Continued from Page 12 lion tons per year of saleable product on an annualized run-rate basis. Colstrip Units 1, 2 Will Retire On December 31, Colstrip Steam Electric Station's units 1 and 2 will be retired. Owned 50% by Talen Mon- tana and 50% by Puget Sound Energy, the units have a total capacity of 614 megawatts. Colstrip's other two units, 3 and 4, will remain in operation. "The decision to retire Colstrip units 1 and 2 comes after extensive review and exhaustive efforts over the last few years to address the financial challenges that these units face," said Talen Montana President Dale Lebsa- ck. "The plant team has done a great job of responding to the challenges faced by units 1 and 2, but we have been unsuccessful in making the units economically viable." The majority of the company's op- erating costs is fuel, Lebsack said. The company has tried to negotiate low- er fuel prices with its only permitted fuel supplier, Westmoreland Rose- bud Mining, with no luck, he added. "Rather than working with us to keep units 1 and 2 open, Westmoreland is proposing to increase the units' fuel cost going forward," he said. Talen Montana said it will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the retirement process is orderly and minimizes the effect on employees, community members and other key stakeholders. Talen Montana will look to redeploy affected Colstrip employ- ees to work on unit 1 and 2 retirement activities or the operation and main- tenance of units 3 and 4. Talen Montana, in its role as Col- strip operator, said it continues to work with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to address groundwater impacts at the Colstrip site as required by the 2012 Administrative Order on Consent and is complying with all other applica- ble laws and regulations related to site remediation, including the Envi- ronmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Coal Combustion Residual Rule. The Colstrip Units 1 and 2 owners intend to fulfill those existing commitments after Colstrip Units 1 and 2 are retired. As required by Montana's Coal-Fired Generating Unit Remediation Act enacted in 2017, the Colstrip units 1 and 2 owners will submit a remedia- tion plan to MDEQ no later than three months after permanently retiring the units, which will detail their plan to remediate Colstrip units 1 and 2. Going forward, Talen Montana will ensure that Colstrip units 3 and 4 re- main an economically viable source of safe, reliable power to Montana and the northwest U.S., the company said. Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Bill Heads to Illinois Governor The Illinois House and Senate passed the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act on May 27. It is now on Gov. JB Pritz- ker's desk. This bill amends the Illi- nois Environmental Protection Act. The bill would require the state to enforce regulations for the storage, care and closure of coal ash impound- ments, with additional protections against dust and water pollution. The bill requires specified coal combustion residual (CCR) units to close. The owner or operator will have no more than 15 years to fully close the unit and will have to submit a closure plan to the Environmental Protec- tion Agency (EPA). Any CCR removed from the unit may not be disposed of in a landfill off the property without approval from the EPA. The owner must also conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the extent of CCR pol- lution of groundwater, surface water, and soils at any property surrounding the property on which a CCR unit is located. Public notice, comment pe- riod and hearings are required for ap- plications, permits, plans and reports submitted under the act. The owner is also required to provide and maintain financial assurance for closure and corrective action. Eighteen months after the act become effective, no CCR generated in Illinois may be treated, stored or disposed of in a CCR surface impoundment or unlined CCR land- fill. All of this is enforceable by the EPA. SB9 was sponsored by state Sen. Scott Bennett. State Rep. Carol Am- mons sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives.

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