EPA proposes regulating mercury from coal plants

EPA proposes regulating mercury from coal plants

POSTED: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 12:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 8:36am

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.

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Last summer the Texas state Environmental agency issued warnings to Texas citizens not to consume anything that came out of the Trinity River due to high levels of toxic mercury but did nothing to stop those who are causing the toxic levels in all bodies of our water in Texas. Millions of Texas citizens receive their drinking water from the Trinity and ground water supplied from the water tabvles of the Trinity. NO WONDER WE HAVE MORE CANCER PATIENTS AND CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND AUTISM IN TX.

It's funny how people will wail and complain about mercury in places where there is none (vaccines), but completely ignore the vast quantity they're breathing every day. We have an autism epidemic here folks. THIS is our culprit.

Mercury is a heavy metal produced from lignite fired power plants in this region and I am supportive of air quality standards regulating the amount of output by power generation. I do not agree however, that this is the culprit of autism. My medical knowledge of autism and it's causes do not adopt the fad theories postulated by trial lawyers, but embrace the American Medical Association's position that better diagnosis and broader definition attribute to the rise in autistic malnormaties.

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