10 Mar '12, 12am

EPA's Boiler Rule Spared: Good News for Healthy Babies

News yesterday that a Collins amendment to the Transportation Bill failed a Senate vote should come as a relief to anyone concerned about babies’ health, as well as public health in general. That’s because the amendment would have greatly delayed clean up of the second largest source of mercury air pollution in the US, boilers. The mercury pollution associated with boilers and many other fossil fuel sources is responsible for polluting our lakes and streams, accumulating in fish, and when consumed by expecting mothers, landing in babies’ blood at high levels, according to recent reports from the Minnesota state health department. There are thousands of boilers across the U.S. that burn coal and other fossil fuels to generate energy, emitting vast amounts of pollution, including mercury and other air toxics, in many cases uncontrolled. Last year EPA adopted new emission sta...

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