EPA releases long-awaited power plant air toxics rule

By Corbin Hiar

The EPA releases details of a landmark rule to cut air emissions of mercury and other toxics from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercury":

"… the landmark rule could have the spotlight.“Last week, we finalized the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, a rule that will protect millions of fa …"

"… s power plants across the country could release into the air we breathe.”Mercury, a coal combustion byproduct, is a potent neurotoxin linked to decreased m …"

Mercury falling: Groundbreaking power plant emissions rule imminent

By Corbin Hiar

The EPA is poised to issue a new regulation restricting toxic power plant emissions

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercury":

"… Congress is out of session Monday to release the final language.The draft Mercury and Air Toxics Standard proposed in March, which will likely mirror the fi …"

"… d make fish, and the people who eat them healthier, environmentalists say. Mercury, a coal combustion byproduct, is a potent neurotoxin linked to decreased m …"

Limits on mercury and soot could save billions, improve public health, studies say

By Corbin Hiar

New studies say standards for mercury, particulates could save thousands of lives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… er this month. …"

"… y other industrial source, according to a study published last Thursday by Environment America, an advocacy group spun off from the Public Interest Research Grou …"

"… y Time-Out Act – was also introduced to the Senate during the same month.Environment America is hoping its study of America’s most polluting coal-fired power …"

Why Americans still breathe known hazards decades after ‘clean air’ law

By Jim Morris and Corbin Hiar

Air toxics crackdown stymied by politics, industry resistance and ‘hopelessly irrational’ EPA

Excerpts from this story referencing "chemicals":

"… scrutiny or enforcement.Ridding the nation’s air of nearly 200 dangerous chemicals has proved anything but easy. “It’s a little bit of a hit-or-miss appr …"

"… resentatives this fall would leave many communities vulnerable to airborne chemicals, among them the Philadelphia suburb of Chester, Pa., which has more than a …"

"… ticipated speedier results. Rather than requiring standards for individual chemicals, a tortuous process that, it was feared, would lead to lengthy delays, Con …"

"… ntrol technology.”But these rules can still allow significant amounts of chemicals to escape. “They provide far less protection than the Clean Air Act requ …"

Big increases in mercury and other toxic releases

By Marianne Lavelle

Almost 4.1 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released to the environment in the United States in 2007, according to new data from the E

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mercury":

"… e hazardous substance releases that the EPA noted were on the rise in 2007:Mercury up 38 percent, mostly from mining industry facilities.PCBs up 40 percent. …"

Toxic mercury from coal plants unregulated

By The Center for Public Integrity

The EPA under President Bush proposed a rule to reclassify mercury from coal-fired plants to allow for cap and trade