A bill that would require coal-fired power plants to capture and store carbon emissions is expected to be moved forward during the upcoming session of the Maine Legislature. The bill was introduced at the end of the last legislative session in response to concerns over a proposed coal gasification plant in Wiscasset, Maine and was an attempt to prevent the development of any new coal-fired plants in the state without appropriate oversight. The proposed gasification plant was defeated as a result of rejected zoning changes; however, the bill will continue to move forward. According to Rep. Bruce MacDonald, the bill would require that the “lowest achievable emissions rate for greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere” be attained by new industrial and electrical generating facilities that use coal as a feedstock.