EPA's mercurial standards

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The Environmental Protection Agency s new National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants would only minimally benefit public health, while costing many millions of dollars, write Dr. Willie Soon and Paul Driessen in a Washington Times op-ed. The new standards target emissions of mercury and other airborne toxics from coal- and oil-fired power plants and electric generating units. But to what purpose, Soon and Driessen ask?

The op-ed looks specifically at the disconnect between the new, more stringent emissions standards for mercury and the fact that U.S. power plants contribute only 3 percent of the total mercury deposited in American watersheds and, subsequently, in fish tissue. And while Soon and Driessen don t address the EPA s assertion that the new standards will substantially affect pollutants that exacerbate respiratory conditions, they offer a close examination of why the new mercury emission standards don t add up.

Read the piece in its entirety here. For more background, you can take a look at ACSH's publication on regulating mercury emissions.