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Court Upholds Power Plant Mercury Pollution Rule

coal power plantA federal appeals court has upheld the the EPA’s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, despite a Supreme Court ruling that struck down the rule, saying the agency failed to take into account the costs the air pollution rule would impose on utilities.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the EPA is allowed to enforce the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) while it works to address the Supreme Court’s concern.

The EPA initially issued the standards in late 2011 and said they would cut mercury pollution by 90 percent. In 2012, the agency agreed to review those limits after a challenge by industry before finalizing the pollution regulations a year later.

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One thought on “Court Upholds Power Plant Mercury Pollution Rule

  1. Just because the EPA didn’t do it through diligence by closing the costs associated with the Mercury pollution standard doesn’t mean the regulation is wrong. It means someone at the EPA was lazy and court recognizes this and allow them to the regulation place while they got their act together.

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