Wednesday, May 11, 2005

electric power plants and mercury emissions

There’s been a lot of recent rhetoric from our coal-burning power company friends about how emissions are dropping so much. (Tomorrow, of course, EPA officially publishes its interstate rule, which will require future emission reductions, but at too slow a pace. The companion mercury rule won’t achieve its stated objectives until 2030.)

I know there are a lot of statistics out today about pollution from power plants, so I’ll toss out just this one:

“Electric utilities reported the largest air emissions of any industry sector, with 64% of
all air emissions of mercury and mercury compounds…

“While electric utilities reported the largest air emissions of any industry sector, there was
no appreciable change in air emissions of mercury and mercury compounds from electric utilities from 2002 to 2003.”

From an EPA fact sheet accompanying its release of the Toxic Release Inventory for 2003


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