EPA to Review Part of Controversial Rule on Power Plants

Jul 20, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing part of a controversial rule that sets the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants. The controversial rule was issued in December. Its aimed at curbing mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants.

The Obama Administration calls the rule a sensible step to reduce pollution, but some Republicans and coal industry leaders have denounced it as part of a "war on coal." The rule could force hundreds of the nation's oldest and dirtiest power plants to clean up or shut down.

The EPA said today its reviewing an aspect of the rule that applies to future power plants. However, the technical review is only intended to clarify how the new standards would apply to five plants proposed in Texas, Kansas, Utah, and Georgia.