EPA Defends Deadline For Power Plant Emissions Rule

Law360, New York (March 20, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT) -- A top U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official insisted at a Tuesday hearing before U.S. senators that four years is enough time for coal and oil-fired power plants to meet new standards that regulate mercury and other toxic emissions.

Though the federal mercury and air toxic standards, or MATS, call on these plants to come into compliance within three years, the EPA has instructed states to generally provide plants an additional year to install pollution control technologies and to ensure a reliable electricity supply, according to Gina...
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