Friday, February 08, 2008

Setback for toxic coal burners

Federal appeals court strikes down pro-industry Bush mercury rule

Here's the decision:
http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/docs/common/opinions/200802/05-1097a.pdf

This is not a shock. It's been commonly assumed in D.C. that the Bush administration acted illegally in trying to pretend that mercury is not a toxic air pollutant when it comes out a power plant smokestack. But the legal system grinds along slowly.

Despite this decision, mercury cleanup will remain on the slow track because the Bush crowd will continue foot dragging.

This decision is a strong argument for Congress to step in -- and pass the power plant legislation introduced by Senator Tom Carper of Delaware.

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