Environment & Energy Report

EPA May Be Risking Mercury Pollution Limits (2)

April 18, 2019, 2:48 PMUpdated: April 18, 2019, 8:14 PM

The EPA will hamstring its ability to enforce landmark limits on mercury from power plants if it forges ahead with plans to revise the regulation, former agency employees and current state attorneys general say.

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed axing the legal underpinning for its mercury and other toxic air pollutant standards, known as MATS (RIN 2060-AT99).

But the agency said it could still retain the Obama-era 2012 pollution standards for coal- and oil-fired power plants, even without the legal basis. The agency’s deputy general counsel also defended the EPA’s approach in response to comments.

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