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Air Toxics: Mercury & Power Plants


Case Number # 3532

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exempted power plants from Clean Air Act regulations, even though these power plants emit into the air tons of mercury and other toxins—known threats to human health.

In February 2008, a federal appeals court ruled that the EPA did not have the authority to exempt the power plants.

Press Releases

Monday, February 23, 2009
Following new administration's request, U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear case
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Asks Supreme Court to drop Bush administration appeal, signals end to years of delay
Friday, February 8, 2008
EPA violated the law by evading required power plant mercury reductions
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Proposed rules delay clean up from the nation's biggest mercury polluters well beyond 2020
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
EPA fails to protect public and environment by refusing to set strong limits on toxic air pollution
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
EPA proposal delays pollution reductions, may create mercury "hot spots"
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Agency has failed to control health risks
Monday, December 19, 2005
Facilities continue to emit unhealthy levels of mercury, other pollutants
Monday, November 14, 2005
Air pollution control agency report goes further than EPA, more still needed
Friday, July 8, 2005
Legal motion will protect millions from toxic air emissions