What's At Stake
The idea of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) is to get all the air toxics out of power plants, not just mercury. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed updates strengthening its Mercury and Air Toxics standards (MATS), which has already proven to be one of the agency’s most successful air pollution rules. The proposed rule will require the dirtiest plants, which account for a disproportionate amount of power plants’ toxic pollution, to reduce their emissions.
But to safeguard public health and reduce the environmental injustice caused by previous administrations’ failure to require adequate controls on power plants’ pollution, EPA needs to do more. The Biden administration should finalize the strongest possible updates to these vital protections.
Delivery to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan