As we anxiously watch the continuing catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, we did want to remind you there is another big toxic pollution problem that goes unresolved: the toxic emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal-burning electric power plants.
Within the next few weeks, the US EPA will roll out a proposed plan to crack down on smog and soot-forming power plant emissions. But this is only the first step in an effort to limit the massive health damage caused by coal power pollution. A new initiative to limit mercury and other toxic air pollutants is expected to follow next year.
But the power industry is already maneuvering to evade the cleanup – trying to use pending Senate climate legislation as an escape hatch.
With that in light, we thought it might be instructive to remind everyone that the electric power industry has already been evading toxic air pollution controls for two full decades.
The report is on our website, www.cleanairwatch.org under Hot Off the Presses.