Published: Tuesday 15 May 2001

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently filed a case in a federal court to dismiss an electric industry lawsuit, which would stop it from regulating mercury and other toxic air pollutants. In 2000, USEPA had announced that a standard was needed for such power plant emissions because of the harmful effects of mercury on health of humans and wildlife. However, two industry trade groups, Edison Electric Institute and the Utility Air Regulatory Group, claiming that there is no basis for USEPA to regulate such mercury emissions under the Clean Air Act filed a lawsuit against the agency.

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