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Power plants: Curbing emissions

  • Bruce Buckheit

    Formerly director of the USEPA’s Air Enforcement Division

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 21, 2017   /  02:10 pm
Power plants: Curbing emissions What level of air pollution control do citizens need and deserve — and can the country afford it? (Shutterstock/File)

The Environment and Forestry Ministry is contemplating questions that are extremely important for the health and well-being of all Indonesians. What level of air pollution control do citizens need and deserve — and can the country afford it? After studying the subject over 30 years, my first observation is that economic development and pollution reduction can and do occur as worker productivity rises and as a country becomes more attractive for foreign investment. Second, with each new step taken to reduce pollution some in industry predict economic disaster. This has occurred hundreds of times in the United States over the past 50 years, but the predicted economic crash never occurred. Third, adding controls at coalfired power plants is one of the two most effective ways to reduce pollution and improve public health — the other is to reduce sulfur in fuels. Becau...

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