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To be greener, coal plants try wood as fuel

But adding waste from logging, paper mills raises supply and other problems

WASHINGTON — Even as the Environmental Protection Agency considers requiring coal-fired power plants to cut their carbon dioxide output, some utilities have started to use a decidedly low-tech additive that accomplishes that goal: wood.

Ranging in size from sawdust to chunks as big as soup cans, waste wood from paper mills, furniture factories, and logging operations has been used with varying levels of success.

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