The EPA has revealed the final rules that would curb mercury and 84 other toxic chemicals from U.S. power plants. These rules would implement a provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA) known as the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard or Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The EPA believes they will affect about 1,400 coal-fired units and oil-fired units at about 600 power plants that emit harmful pollutants. The EPA ruling has given coal and oil plants until 2016 to comply with the rules and finish their retrofits and/or closures.
Critics of the MACT rule have argued…
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