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Rule to Limit Mercury Emissions is Having an Impact Despite Uncertainty in the Courts

Rule to Limit Mercury Emissions is Having an Impact Despite Uncertainty in the Courts

The US Energy Information Administration has said that most coal plants are either coming into compliance with mercury rules or they are retiring their older coal units that are too expensive to retrofit. From December 2014 until June 2016, coal-fired capacity fell from 299,000 megawatts to 276,000 megawatts. Coal-fired generation’s share of total electricity generation fell from 39 percent in 2014 to 28 percent in the first four months of 2016, it adds.

Mercury Rule Looks Like It Will Take Effect Now that the High Court Won’t Step In, Again

The Obama administration racked up a key victory over its mercury rule after the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on Monday. It”s an indication that the high court will remain sympathetic to the US Environmental Protection Agency on a host of ecological issues, especially in light of … Read more »

Supreme Court’s Mercury Decision Spells Further Trouble for Coal

For the second time in just a few weeks, the coal-consuming-and-producing states have tried for a Hail Mary — to get the US Supreme Court to delay the implementation of EPA rules. This time: the mercury rule, which had previously been kicked back down to the federal district court in … Read more »

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Supreme Court Rejects Attempt to Block Air Pollution Rule

Chief Justice John Roberts today denied an attempt to block, or “stay,” a contentious air pollution rule for power plants. Roberts’s order represents a big win for the Obama administration’s climate agenda. Last year the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards is illegal, sending … Read more »

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MATS Compliance Help for Power Plant Operators

Late last year a federal appeals court upheld the EPA’s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. To help power plant operators comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and reduce emissions, ADA-ED has launched ADA Health Check. The new service provides a compliance strategy … Read more »

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Court Upholds Power Plant Mercury Pollution Rule

A 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 … Read more »

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Mercury Pollution Rule

The US Supreme Court struck down the EPA’s first-ever national standards for mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the agency failed to take into account the costs the rule would impose on utilities. Industry groups said the pollution regulation would costs $9.6 billion annually. The National Mining Association, which, … Read more »

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Are Mercury Rules a Toxic Double Standard?

New EPA rules aimed at curbing mercury emissions, which mainly affect coal-fired electrical generating plants, are based on bad science, write Willis Eschenbach and Jane M. Orient, MD, in the summer issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Medical sources of mercury are likely far more important, but … Read more »

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Ametek Land Monitor Helps Power Plants Meet Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

Ametek Land has launched the 4650-PM Continuous Dust Monitor to help US power plants meet the EPA’s new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for particulate matter measurement. The EPA’s new MATS rules sets particulate matter (PM) limits for coal and oil-fired electricity generating units: 4650-PM is suitable for both … Read more »

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URS Technology Improves MATS Compliance

URS has introduced a mercury control technology, HBS Injection, to help US power plants comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard regulation issued by the EPA. Recent full-scale testing of the technology at a Midwestern power plant has demonstrated up to 75 percent reduction in stack mercury emissions. The … Read more »

Cabot, Westmoreland Expand Activated Carbon Capacity

Cabot Corporation and Westmoreland Coal say they plan to increase activated carbon manufacturing capacity in North America, doubling the capacity of their Bienfait, Saskatchewan manufacturing facility to meet the future demand for mercury removal products for use in the coal-fired utility market. The jointly owned facility will produce an additional … Read more »

LCA Shows Greener Choice for Mercury Removal

A lifecycle assessment of Novinda’s Amended Silicates HgX (AS-HgX), a non-carbon product for removing mercury from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants, shows the product’s greenhouse emissions were one-tenth of those associated with powdered activated carbon (PAC) products. The company says this GHG performance delivers a potential reduction in … Read more »