EPA proposes regulating mercury from coal plants
POSTED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 11:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 7:36am
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a proposal to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants, including rules limiting mercury pollution for the first time.
The proposal is being praised by environmental and medical groups who say it will clean the air and preserve health.
But industry has long opposed such regulations, saying stringent caps harm their ability to remain financially viable.
If the proposals become law they would have the greatest impact in Texas, which is home to more coal-fired power plants than any other state. Texas has at least 17 such plants and another dozen in various stages of permitting.
Republicans have opposed new, more stringent rules recently issued by the EPA.
The agency is under a court order to regulate mercury and other air pollutants.