28 Dec '11, 2pm

EPA Issues First-Ever Limits on Mercury & Toxic Air Pollution: (via @TreeHugger)

Danny K Boyd via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson issued new pollution standards on mercury, arsenic, and a number of other toxic and carcinogenic pollutants emitted from the of burning fossil fuels. According to the New York Times , the EPA says that the rules will "save thousands of lives and return financial benefits many times their estimated $9.6 billion annual cost." It will force the nation's dirtiest coal plants to upgrade their operations, and clean up emissions. The NY Times has more : The Environmental Protection Agency introduced new standards on Wednesday sharply limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from the nation’s 1,400 coal- and oil-burning power plants ...“By cutting emissions that are linked to developmental disorders and respiratory illnesses like asthma, these standards represent a major victory for clean air and pub...

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