18 Nov '11, 12am

Poor little Big Coal says EPA smog standards too expensive

Poor little Big Coal says EPA smog standards too expensive

Big Coal feels sorry for itself, not the kids getting sick from air pollution. Cross-posted from the Center for American Progress . This post was coauthored by Matthew Kasper, an energy intern at the Center for American Progress. By Dec. 16, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will promulgate its final rule requiring coal-fired power plants to reduce their emissions of mercury, arsenic, acid gases, and other toxic chemicals. The EPA notes that these safeguards will prevent 17,000 premature deaths annually [PDF], as well as prevent 12,000 hospital visits and 120,000 cases of aggravated asthma. The economic benefits could outweigh the costs by up to $14 to $1. Yet a concerted cadre of big dirty utilities and coal companies are doing everything in their power to scuttle or delay these essential safeguards 21 years after the Clean Air Act required them. The American Coal...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-11-17-poor-little-big-coal...

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