Regulations Every Mother Should Love: Mercury And Air Toxics
Moms Clean Air Force is not even a year old and we’ve already seen some important – even historic – accomplishments that will reduce air pollution and bring us closer to a healthy future for our kids.
But there’s much more ahead.
There are more than half a dozen other regulations or bills waiting in the wings that will have a profound effect on the air we breathe.
Here is one regulation to keep a close eye on:
These historic standards put the first-ever national limits on emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants. Power plants are the single largest source of mercury air pollution in America; they’re responsible for half of the mercury emissions. The new standards will save up to 11,000 lives per year.
Status: the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards were published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2012. That means they are officially “final” and will go into effect soon. However, opponents can still challenge the new law. They have 60 days from the date of publication to sue in court. Members of Congress also have 60 legislative days from that date to introduce a bill called a CRA, which would be one extreme way to undo the rule and would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from ever issuing a substantially similar rule again. Moms Clean Air Force will be fighting to protect the new standards, of course. Stay tuned.
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