Bush administration proposes to ease mercury rules
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

The Bush administration is proposing to roll back regulations that limit mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Mike Leavitt is considering dropping the stringent standard, which was imposed during the Clinton administration. Power plants would be allowed to buy and sell the rights to emit mercury into the air under an alternative submitted to the White House.

Environmental groups say the reversal puts public health at risk. Mercury is dangerous to humans, particularly pregnant women. Several states have warned against consuming fish due to high levels of mercury.

Get the Story:
White House Seeks to Soften Mercury Rules (The Washington Post 12/3)
U.S. Proposes Easing Rules on Emissions of Mercury (The New York Times 12/3)
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