Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | January 5, 2009

Environmental attorney Sanders says environmental groups are suing U.S. EPA to force air standards for mercury emissions from coal power plants.

In December 2008, a coalition of public health and environmental groups filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. seeking a firm and enforceable new deadline for U.S. EPA to require deep reductions in mercury and other toxic air pollutants emitted from coal- and oil-fired power plants. Power plants are the nation’s largest unregulated source of mercury pollution, and also emit enormous quantities of lead, arsenic, and other hazardous chemicals.


Under the Clean Air Act, U.S. EPA was required to control power plants’ emissions by December, 2002. Instead of meeting that requirement, however, the Bush administration asked Congress to roll back the control requirements. Then, unable to win Congress’ support for that request, the administration unlawfully tried to declare that the required pollution controls were simply not necessary or appropriate. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, eight percent of American women of childbearing age have mercury in their bodies at levels high enough to put their babies at risk of birth defects, loss of IQ, learning disabilities and developmental problems.




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