EPA Approves Sweeping Mercury Rules for Power Plants
Addressing a long-standing environmental problem with a major impact on public health, the Obama administration on Friday signed landmark regulations to control mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, sources familiar with the rulemaking have told National Journal. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil the rules early next week, the sources said. Signed by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson on Friday, the rules will result in the first federal controls on utility emissions of mercury, a neurotoxin linked to developmental disorders in fetuses and young children, lowered IQ rates in populations surrounding power plants, as well as blindness, deafness, and seizures.
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Posted: Mon, 12/19/2011 - 12:04pm