30 May '11, 2am

The EPA's proposed mercury and air toxics standards can prevent 17,000 deaths every year. #mercury #MAYouth4CleanAir

Soon after taking office, signs emerged that the Bush administration would not follow the law and issue the MACT standards for power plants required by the Clean Air Act. In a now-notorious April 2001 speech [PDF] that was recorded and transcribed without his awareness, a utility industry lobbyist told his coal industry audience that EPA had been planning to use the agency's existing authority under the Clean Air Act to require large and prompt reductions in toxic air pollution from coal-burning power plants, namely MACT standards. Never fear, the lobbyist assured his colleagues, he and his friends in the Bush administration White House had a plan: the administration would create what the lobbyist called the "next generation of regulatory programs" for power plants. Predicting precisely what unfolded under the Bush administration, the lobbyist boasted that "the goal here w...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-03-16-epas-mercu...

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