→ Reconsideration of Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants

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The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate mercury and hazardous air pollutants produced by coal- and oil-fired power plants (‘electric generating units’) under the Clean Air Act. This proposal comes ‘after considering the cost of compliance relative to the… benefits of regulation,’ from which the Agency concluded that the costs outweighed the benefits of regulation. The Agency is soliciting comments ‘on whether the [Environmental Protection Agency] has the authority or obligation to delist [electric generating units]’ and / or ‘rescind the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Coil- and Oil-Fired Electric Generating Units, commonly known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.’

The Environmental Protection Agency is also accepting comments on ‘establishing a subcategory for emissions of acid gas hazardous air pollutants from existing coal refuse.’