23 Dec '11, 11pm

Obama's EPA Issues Rules Limiting Mercury Pollution

The stated purpose of the new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week, is of course to protect public health, above all the health of children whose brain development is especially sensitive to mercury poisoning. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said the annual health benefits of the mercury and air toxins rule will far exceed estimated annual costs to industry of $9.6 billion . But together with the revised Interstate Clean Air Rule, issued by EPA in July, the tighter rules will encourage utilities and energy companies to shut down older and dirtier coal-fired generating plants , significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The fringe benefits for climate are surely not unconsidered and merely accidental. In September, President Obama ordered EPA to delay revision of ozone/smog standards until the required deadline ...

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