EPA Sharply Limits Mercury Emissions

Agency says cuts will improve public health


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The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday unveiled long-awaited rules limiting mercury emissions from power plants. EPA head Lisa Jackson said the restrictions, which will reduce the amount of mercury released by 91 percent within four years, could save as much as $59 billion in heath care costs annually. Representatives from the energy industry expressed concern that complying with the law could cost $10 billion and put some older plants out of business. Nationwide, the law will require 1,200 coal-fired power plants to install emissions filters.

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