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Ironbridge Power Station came into action in 1969 and was last operated by E.on but was required to close by the European Union's Large Combustion Plant Directive which relates to the reduction of emissions.
| The site ceased operation on March 22, 2013 following the passing of the Large Combustion Plant Directive, which limited emissions from combustion plants including Didcot A.
The 2001 EU Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) has forced the operators of large coal generating stations to either opt-in and install new flue gas clean-up technology to meet more stringent emissions limits, or to opt-out and close by the end of this year at the latest.
"We will also scrap the Large Combustion Plant Directive and top the EU's planned Medium Combustion Plant Directive.
He added delays to major green schemes would have a knock-on effect for UK energy policy, including the Large Combustion Plant directive, which relates to coal-fired power stations.
If power companies had known in advance that the IED was coming so soon after the Large Combustion Plant Directive, Porter adds, it is likely some would have decided it was too expensive to keep plants running and would not have installed flue gas desulphurisation plant.
The Commission has brought this case against the UK as it believes that the Large Combustion Plant Directive should apply to Lynemouth Power Plant (England).
The European Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), aimed at cutting pollution by limiting how long coal and oil-fired power stations can operate, means around 12 gigawatts of UK plants can only run for about 27 months in the next seven years.
All these states are required to comply with existing EU laws and the Large Combustion Plant Directive, passed in 2001, is the key piece of legislation in this field.
Due to the EU's Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), and our Government's unilateral carbon taxes, we are faced with the closure of over a third of our coal-fired power stations by 2016.