Forging Ahead With New Power Plant Emission Rules

Law360, New York (January 12, 2012, 12:12 PM ET) -- Despite numerous complaints from affected utilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at year’s end issued final regulations limiting emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutant emissions (HAPs) from fossil-fuel-fired power plants.

These new regulations, known as the Utility MACT rule, were initially proposed in March 2011 and will require many coal-fired power plants to install significant new or upgraded pollution controls.

In the Works for Over a Decade

Initially in 2000, the EPA sought to regulate mercury through the use of a cap-and-trade system....
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