Monday, March 21, 2005

Down with mercury

The Bush administration's new rules on mercury emissions from power plants will soon get a court test as states and environmental groups line up to sue the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. They contend that the rules violate the Clean Air Act because they don't require the best available technology to be installed post haste. Instead, a system of trading mercury emissions credits will allow those emissions to continue for another decade and beyond.

The administration previously blocked any effective international agreement aimed at reducing mercury emissions during a late February meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program.

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