EPA Unveils Long-Delayed Mercury Limits For Power Plants

Law360, New York (December 21, 2011, 2:55 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled its final rule governing mercury and other emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants, more than 20 years after Congress amended the Clean Air Act to require such regulations.

The rule will require new and existing power plants to limit their emissions of heavy metals, including mercury and arsenic, and of acid gases for the first time. Coal-fired plants, which the EPA says are responsible for 99 percent of the country's mercury pollution, will be required to cut...
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