February 8, 2008

EPA's "More Mercury" Rule Struck Down

UPDATE: You can read the court's decision here >>

A bit of good news to end the week. Today, a federal court struck down a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that would allow dirty coal burning power plants to spew hazardous amounts of mercury into the air.

Mercury is a dangerous neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to children and developing fetuses. Under the EPA's rule, mercury from power plants would have been capped, and then traded like currency. While the plan might have cleaned up some power plants, it threatened to create dangerous "hot spots," or places where mercury pollution remained high and a serious threat to human health.

Today's court ruling is a major victory and sets the stage for full protection of human health from mercury poisoning.

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