Wis. Lawmakers Oppose New Mercury Rule

Law360 (September 8, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Wisconsin state legislators have challenged a proposed rule that would require coal power plants in the state to cut their mercury emissions drastically, though proponents of the rule remain confident that it will pass.

The Wisconsin Assembly Natural Resources Committee voted Thursday to object to the rule, which would require large coal-fired power plants to reduce their mercury emissions by 90 percent, or to 0.0080 pounds of mercury per gigawatt-hour, by Jan. 1, 2015.

The rule would also give coal-burning plants an additional six years to...
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