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EPA to unveil limits on mercury and toxic air pollutants from power plants
The Hill ^ | December 20, 2011 | Andrew Restuccia

Posted on 12/20/2011 1:41:26 PM PST by jazusamo

The Environmental Protection Agency will unveil highly-anticipated regulations on Wednesday aimed at curbing mercury and other toxic air pollutants from power plants.

The agency said Tuesday that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will make a “significant Clean Air Act announcement” Wednesday at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. A source closely following the issue confirmed to The Hill that the agency will unveil the final mercury and air toxics standards.

Jackson will be joined at the event Wednesday afternoon by public health experts and industry representatives, EPA said. But the agency did not name the officials.

The long-delayed final regulations — which would require plant operators to install technology to reduce emissions of mercury and other air toxics — have come under fire from industry groups and Republicans. Opponents say the rules will impose a major burden on the economy, cause power plants to shut down and threaten the reliability of the power grid.

The Obama administration has sought to push back on concerns about electric reliability in recent weeks. The Energy Department recently released a report that said the regulations won’t cause power outages.

Environmental and clean air groups note that the regulations will impose major public health benefits. EPA says the rules will prevent up 17,000 premature deaths, 11,000 heart attacks and 120,000 asthma attacks annually.

EPA had been ordered to complete the rule Friday under a court-ordered deadline, but delayed public rollout until this week.

Read more about the regulations here.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cleanairact; coal; energy; epa; epaoutofcontrol; lisajackson; mercury; nuclearplants

1 posted on 12/20/2011 1:41:30 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

When are they going to do something about all of the mercury in these damn “pigtail” lights we’re being forced into buying and then throwing away when they give up the ghost?


2 posted on 12/20/2011 1:43:44 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: jazusamo

The EPA has turned into the 4th and probably the most powerful branch of our government.


3 posted on 12/20/2011 1:46:39 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jazusamo

They’ve been prepping the public for months through all of their surrogate groups. The radio, print and TV ads hyping the supposed danger of mercury and asthma have been relentless. Connect the Dots! It’s for the Chillrun!

All part of Obeyme’s agenda to destroy the coal industry. (How do ya like me now, UMWA?) He won’t be happy until we are like the Third World where the power is on for four hours at night and the hot water is shut off after April 15th.


4 posted on 12/20/2011 1:46:52 PM PST by SargeK
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To: jazusamo

Environmental and clean air groups note that the regulations will impose major public health benefits. EPA says the rules will prevent up 17,000 premature deaths, 11,000 heart attacks and 120,000 asthma attacks annually.

They love to invent numbers


5 posted on 12/20/2011 1:47:35 PM PST by molson209
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To: Don Corleone

The EPA has to be eliminated or at least stripped of most of it’s regulatory power, this is an agency we would have seen in the old USSR.


6 posted on 12/20/2011 1:49:30 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Don’t those curly fries light bulbs have mercury in them? Maybe the EPA should set some lifetime limits on how many you can break before you face some serious jail time. Sounds good. That would eliminate all breakage. What’s not to like about that?


7 posted on 12/20/2011 1:53:34 PM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
When are they going to do something about all of the mercury in these damn “pigtail” lights we’re being forced into buying

Last Week.

Congress overturns incandescent light bulb ban
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/16/congress-overturns-incandescent-light-bulb-ban/
December 16, 2011

8 posted on 12/20/2011 1:54:12 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: jazusamo

Absolutely! Citizens unveil their limits on the EPA, and many other un-elected overlords. When will companies wise up and publish the truth about these agencies. They aren’t interested in clean anything, but they are interested in fines.


9 posted on 12/20/2011 1:54:22 PM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: thackney; FlingWingFlyer

Thanks for linking, I was just going to post it after locating it.


10 posted on 12/20/2011 1:57:58 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: SargeK

Yep, it’s pathetic they waited until the last few days to make the rules public.


11 posted on 12/20/2011 2:00:39 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

What about mercury in broken light bulbs?


12 posted on 12/20/2011 2:02:23 PM PST by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: jazusamo

I’d like to “unveil” a box of pink slips on all of those hippies down at the EPA.


13 posted on 12/20/2011 2:02:46 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop BIG Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: steelyourfaith

EPA (Eco Stasi) ping.


14 posted on 12/20/2011 2:05:11 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’d love to be at your side handing them out with you.


15 posted on 12/20/2011 2:06:21 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: DallasDeb
What about mercury in broken light bulbs?

The enviro nutjobs don't seem to give a dang about that, must be selective enviro-nazism.

16 posted on 12/20/2011 2:08:40 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: molson209

Asstistics.
(ones derived from the one’s back side.)


17 posted on 12/20/2011 2:13:08 PM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: jazusamo

More bad law from unaccountable civil “servants”.


18 posted on 12/20/2011 2:40:27 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

How about taking a bunch of those spiral mercury bulbs. Package them all together so they break easily. Enclose them in a couple of ziplock bags. Box them up, label the box fragile (so the U.S. Post Office will be sure to break them) and send them to our federal legislators offices in D.C.

Enclose a big thank you note.

Bingo.


19 posted on 12/20/2011 2:44:51 PM PST by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: George from New England

It’s time for the plant owners to submit and obey the law: shut down every single power plant that is not in total compliance with the EPA regulations.


20 posted on 12/20/2011 2:51:43 PM PST by null and void (Day 1064 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: FlingWingFlyer

If nobama gets reelected, you can look for some wildeyed EPA ruling that you are not allowed to dispose of those damn pigtail lights or have to pay double the purchase price for “HazMat” disposal through a nobama friend’s companies.


21 posted on 12/20/2011 3:19:57 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: jazusamo

When are the utilites going to turn out the lights at the EPA?


22 posted on 12/20/2011 3:27:38 PM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: jazusamo
This is about Closing the Coal Fired Plants replacing them with?

And guess what, I spoke to my fireman gnome. He recently had classes on Solar Panel and Hybrid Car fires. Nasty nasty emissions when these happen.

Eons ago a greenie-weenie relative went on rant about Mercury and Coal Fire.

I did some digging for maps of the high concentrations of it. It made no sense, not down streams of powerplants via air or water in vallies etc.

Garbage Dumps or site of former old word manufacturing plants? Perhaps.

IMHO they are using the Mercury boogey man as a ploy for more power.

G_d help us that we are worthy to vote this guy out, I hope the man upstairs thinks we are worth saving or he is out to teach us a lesson...

23 posted on 12/20/2011 3:28:28 PM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Army Air Corps; Berlin_Freeper; Horusra; Darnright; rdl6989; bamahead; Nervous Tick; SteamShovel; ..
Thanx for the ping Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

24 posted on 12/20/2011 3:39:13 PM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: jazusamo

The link is forcing a sign up before viewing. Forget it. Please don’t bring such AOL garbage here, if the item can be sourced from elsewhere. Thanks.


25 posted on 12/20/2011 3:39:45 PM PST by 7MMmag (at times kitties kill things just for fun. can be cruel like that. but it keeps the pests in line..)
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To: jazusamo

woops. wrong thread. too many tabs open


26 posted on 12/20/2011 3:41:02 PM PST by 7MMmag (at times kitties kill things just for fun. can be cruel like that. but it keeps the pests in line..)
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To: jazusamo
So "Dickless" will soon be showing up at a power plant near you


27 posted on 12/20/2011 3:42:58 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: taildragger
IMHO they are using the Mercury boogey man as a ploy for more power.

Absolutely agree, and we MUST get rid of the turkey in the WH and his thugs he's appointed.

28 posted on 12/20/2011 4:03:56 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: molson209

How many premature deaths from the poor freezing in the dark will this create? I wonder if they bothered to consider such a thing.


29 posted on 12/20/2011 7:01:26 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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