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EPA proposes major reduction in mercury emissions from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators

Prior posts have noted mercury emissions from coal, transnational movement of mercury in the atmosphere, and the methylation process of mercury in the environment. EPA has issued proposals that allegedly will reduce mercury emissions by half from roughly 200 thousand boilers, process heaters, and...

Marten Law: EPA Proposes New Rules for Power Plant Emissions

By Dustin Till, Associate, Marten Law Group PLLC “A new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants in Eastern and Midwestern states. Known as the Transport Rule, EPA's proposed regulation replaces EPA's Clean Air...

EPA announces new air emission regulations for coal-fired power plants

Prior posts have noted the numerous studies that support the view that emissions from a variety of sources, including automobiles, trucks, and power plants, have an adverse impact on the health of those exposed to such emissions. It is also fairly certain that one significant source of mercury contamination...

EPA Proposes First National Standard for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

Mercury and air toxics standards represent one of strongest health protections from air pollution since passage of Clean Air Act WASHINGTON – In response to a court deadline, today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first-ever national standards for mercury, arsenic and...

Study warns of potential increase in global mercury emissions, which would impact animals in Arctic region

An assessment by a scientific body set up by the eight Arctic rim countries has projected that global mercury emissions could grow by 25% by 2020 if no action is taken to control such emissions, posing a threat to polar bears, whales, and seals and the Arctic communities who hunt those animals for food...

Evidence supports association between methylmercury exposure and adverse cardiovascular impacts

Traditionally, when one considers exposure to methylmercury, adverse impacts upon the brain and kidneys are foremost in any risk assessment. See, for example, http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=113&tid=24 . Given the state of the evidence, it would appear that this paradigm needs to be amended...

When vanity is dangerous -- skin-lightening creams and mercury exposure

It has always amazed me the extent to which individuals are not satisfied with their physical appearance; this dissatisfaction is the foundation of much cosmetic surgery. However, it also has dangerous implications. After decades of warnings, individuals are finally becoming aware of the danger of skin...

Let a thousand lawsuits bloom: The CAA is this week's favorite target

As noted in prior posts, EPA has proposed national standards for mercury and other toxic pollutant emissions from power plants. See http://www.epa.gov/airquality/powerplanttoxics/ . Now Guam and 25 states have filed a challenge to the regulations. The EPA is under court order to finalize the so-called...

EPA Issues First National Standards for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

Historic 'mercury and air toxics standards' meet 20-year old requirement to cut dangerous smokestack emissions WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the first national standards to protect American families from power...

DOE Reports That EPA’s New Air Pollution Rules Will Not Hinder Electricity Reliability

By Allison Torrence, Associate, Jenner & Block The United States Department of Energy ("DOE") has issued a report titled "Resource Adequacy Implications of Forthcoming EPA Air Quality Regulations." The DOE report evaluates two United States Environmental Protection Agency...

Pepper Hamilton: Nike, Adidas Pledge to Stop Toxic Discharges from Supply Chain by 2020 – A Pledge that May Be Easier to Make than Keep

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel, Pepper Hamilton LLP A number of companies (Adidas Group, C&A, G-Star, H&M, Li Ning, Nike Inc., and Puma) have pledged to eliminate hazardous chemical discharges from their factories by 2020. Specifically, they plan to verify that phthalates (a substance that...

Pepper Hamilton: How Are We Doing? The Mercury Story

By William J. Walsh, Of Counsel , Pepper Hamilton LLP The late Ed Koch (former mayor of New York) famously used to ask his constituents "How am I doing?" Answering this question is also prudent (if not required) in evaluating environmental policies. Probably the most relevant measure of...

Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Mercury Rule: Utilities Wins the Battle, But Lose the War

By Jessica J.O. King The Clean Air Act requires EPA to regulate emissions of hazardous air pollutants from coal-fired power plants if the agency determines that such “regulation is appropriate and necessary” after studying the hazards the emissions pose to human health. EPA conducted...

"Capacious" Term Dooms MATS Rule - Does It Say Anything About the Clean Power Plan?

By J. Wylie Donald The Energy Information Agency predicted the retirement of up to 60 gigawatts of coal-fired electricity generation by 2020. A significant contributor to that evolution was the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard or MATS Rule. Until now that is, because a 5-4 majority on the Supreme...

U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates EPA’s Regulation of Mercury from Power Plants

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], and invalidated U.S. EPA's...

How the Supreme Court Just Delayed the Clean Power Plan

By Tricia Caliguire The Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA , [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], holding that the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered costs when making the decision to regulate mercury emissions...

Supreme Court - EPA Must Consider Costs before Regulating Mercury Emissions from Power Plants

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Michigan v. EPA, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to properly consider compliance costs before promulgating the Mercury and Air Toxics...

Michigan v. EPA – Setting the Stage for The Clean Power Plan and WOTUS

On June 28, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court filed its 5-4 ruling on the challenge to US EPA Mercury Air Toxics (MATS) rule. Michigan, et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency, et al., No. 14-46 . http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-46_10n2.pdf . In short the decision reverses and remands the...