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EPA to Ease Limits on Mercury Emissions From Coal Plants

Despite bipartisan opposition in Congress, and from environmentalists and the entire electric utility industry, the Environmental Protection Agency today is expected to dramatically weaken federal air pollution standards the agency’s own scientists had estimated would prevent thousands of heart and asthma attacks, and deaths, each year. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, enacted in 2011, during the Obama administration, required electric utilities that burn coal and oil to install technologies to cut emissions of mercury and other heavy metal air pollutants, including arsenic. Utilities estimated the cost of the pollution-trapping equipment at around $18 billion. But it was money well spent: The rule had an almost immediate impact on air quality with a 70 percent drop in mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.  Read more....

 

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