US state to build coal plant that can fight carbon

Regulators in the state of Indiana have approved the first large-scale US coal plant to use a technology that could help the industry begin to fight global warming, Reuters reported.

The US$2 billion Duke Energy power station will gasify coal using integrated gasification combined cycle technology.

The process separates out regulated pollutants, such as mercury, as well as carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

"This plant will be hands down the lowest-emitting plant in the country," said Kurt Waltzer, a Midwest coal expert for the Clean Air Task Force, a nonprofit organization.

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