21 Dec '11, 4pm

Three cheers for EPA's landmark mercury rules! #MATS #CleanAir

It's one of the most important measures in the history of public health. On December 16, the Obama administration completed the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule to get toxic mercury from coal-burning power plants out of our air, water and food. Three reasons to celebrate this historic achievement. Improved children’s’ health More than 400,000 infants are born annually with elevated mercury levels, which can harm their developing brains . The new standards will ensure that approximately 90% of the mercury in coal burned by power plants is not emitted to the air. Fewer premature deaths The emission reductions in this rule will result in up to 11,000 fewer premature deaths each year. Public health benefits The new rule will prevent thousands of heart attacks, bronchitis cases and asthma attacks. This will provide annual benefits of as much as $90 billion beginning i...

Full article: http://www.edf.org/health/air/mercury-standards

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