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 "U.S. Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ho eat fish or use electricity. After more than two decades of delays, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to issue a new regulation restricting some power plant emissions …"

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 "Mercury":

"… r Tsou, the former president of the American Public Health Association. “Mercury pollution that spews from power plants eventually pollutes our waterways a …"

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 "Earth":

"… than the Clean Air Act requires,” said James Pew, a staff attorney with Earthjustice, a nonprofit public-interest law firm. “People in many communitie …"

"… s that can cause cancer, birth defects and other serious health effects.”Earthjustice has sued the EPA over air toxics rules perhaps a dozen times in the …"

"… to a final decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Earthjustice prevailed in nine of them. In all nine, judges held that the rules …"

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