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EPA Seeks Delay in U.S. Rules for Boiler, Incinerator Pollution

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today sought additional time for issuing rules to cut air emissions linked to illnesses from boilers and solid-waste incinerators.

The agency asked the U.S. District Court in Washington for an extension of a court-set deadline to consider information received after the rules were proposed in April, the agency said today in an e-mailed statement.

The EPA’s rules would reduce emissions of pollutants such as mercury and soot that cause developmental disabilities in children and cancer, heart disease and premature death, the agency said in the statement.

“We’re encouraged that EPA is taking the time needed to develop an effective, achievable final rule,” said Cal Dooley, president of the American Chemistry Council. “Industry has provided additional data, which EPA can use to develop a realistic methodology based on real-world facilities, emissions and impacts. We hope the court grants EPA’s request for more time to work on these complex regulations that will affect large industries and small businesses across the country.”

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