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EPA Proposes Lower Power Plant Mercury Emissions

Law360 (March 16, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday put forth the first-ever national standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants.

The proposed rule, which requires the adoption of maximum achievable control technologies, will prevent as many as 17,000 premature deaths, 11,000 heart attacks and 120,000 cases of childhood asthma symptoms each year, according to the EPA.

It said the rule would support 31,000 short-term construction jobs and 9,000 long-term utility jobs, and added that — although annual costs to industry would be $11...
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