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Toxic Mercury Limits for Power Plants Won’t Be Changed: Wheeler

Oct. 1, 2018, 8:14 PM

The EPA doesn’t plan to change the amount of mercury power plants emit in its upcoming proposal re-examining the economic rationale for setting those limits, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Oct. 1.

“We’re not changing the mercury standard,” Wheeler told a group of news reporters, refuting claims that the agency was planning to revisit the limits the Obama administration set in 2012.

Most power plants have already invested in complying with those controls for mercury—which affects the nervous system—and other toxic air pollution.

“The [U.S.] Supreme Court asked us to take a look at the benefits, the cost-benefit...

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