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Ozone spikes aren't Mother Nature's fault

Ozone spikes aren’t Mother Nature’s fault Metropolitan-type smog pollution spiked past federal thresholds 13 times this winter and triggered 10 state-issued advisories, warning people in the Pinedale area to avoid going outdoors — in Wyoming. It’s a source of major frustration and embarrassment for the state. “From my perspective as governor, you know, I do […]

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Shifting markets haven't tripped up PRB coal

Naturally, there’s some concern among Powder River Basin producers that eastern utilities will tap coal resources closer to home that have higher Btu content and lower transportation costs. But there’s not been a great deal of coal-switching. Each coal-fired unit must be carefully dialed-in to the specific blend of coal its fed. Switching coal sources and recalibrating these units is not easy or inexpensive.