Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Extension of Comment Period For Mercury And Air Toxics Standards

In response to requests from Congress and to allow additional public comment, EPA has extended the timeline for public input on the proposed mercury and air toxics standards applicable to coal-fired power plants. The 30-day extension will not alter the timeline for issuing the final standards in November 2011.

EPA proposed the national mercury and air toxics standards in March. The standards will be phased in over 3 years, and states have the ability to give facilities a fourth year to comply. Currently, EPA estimates that more than half of all coal-fired power plants already deploy widely available pollution control technologies that are called for to meet the proposed standards. Once final in November, these standards will require the remaining coal-fired plants, roughly 44%, take similar steps to decrease emissions.

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