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Clean Air Mercury Rule
For the first time ever, mercury emissions from the Nation's coal-fired power plants will be regulated. The Bush Administration proposal was issued in December 2003, and a final rule will be released in March 2005. The Clean Air Mercury Rule will cut mercury emissions by 70 percent. The proposed rule seeks comment on two approaches for reducing mercury emitted by coal-burning power plants in the United States. One approach requires coal-fired power plants to install currently available pollution controls known as "maximum achievable control technologies" (MACT) under section 112 of the Clean Air Act. The second approach sets a mandatory cap on the total mercury emissions allowed from coal-burning power plants nationwide. This market-based approach would reduce mercury emissions by nearly 70 percent from current levels. The cap-and-trade approach, based on the successful Acid Rain Program created by the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, delivers greater benefits than its command-and-control alternative. It requires power plants to meet strict emission caps in two phases. Strict caps combined with emissions trading encourage innovation and the deployment of cleaner, more cost-effective pollution-reducing technologies.
Myths and Facts of Mercury Regulation
Myth #1: The EPA does not regard mercury as a toxin.
Myth #2: EPA is rolling back the standard.
Myth #3: Technology exists to reduce mercury by 90 percent by 2007.
Myth #4: EPA is delaying the benefits of mercury regulation until 2018.
Addressing Global Climate Change
A Cleaner, Healthier World Community
President Bush’s Performance-Based FY 2005 Budget
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