US Environment Agency Proposes National Standards for Power Plants

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) flexed its national regulatory muscles last week when it proposed new regulations that would limit toxic emissions of air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power. Mercury, arsenic, and other air toxics - all known or suspected of causing cancer and other serious health conditions, according to the EPA - would be reduced through the installation of pollution control equipment.

The rules would be the first-ever national standards established for US power plants as was mandated to be done 20 years ago under the 1990 Clean Air Act.

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