15 Dec '11, 8pm

Finally: New air toxics rules for power plants

Finally: New air toxics rules for power plants

Cross-posted from the World Resources Institute . The post was written by Nicholas Bianco , senior associate for WRI's climate and energy program . As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to release new mercury and air toxics standards, some people may be wondering about the history and timeline for these standards. One senator recently claimed that EPA is "charging ahead" with them. These standards, however, have been in development for over 20 years. These are standards that many plants are already meeting. Furthermore, 11 of the 15 largest coal utilities, roughly half of the nation's coal fleet, have informed their shareholders [PDF] that they are well positioned to meet them. This post unwraps the history, standards, and timelines for compliance. Why regulate mercury and air toxics? Power plants are significant emitters of mercury, a neurotoxin that ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/clean-air/2011-12-15-finally-new-air...

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