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Mercury Limits on Coal Plants No Longer ‘Appropriate,’ EPA Says

  • Finding may make it harder to impose stringent curbs in future
  • Trump administration’s latest move to reverse Obama-era policy
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The Trump administration is proposing that limits on mercury pollution from power plants are too costly to justify and no longer “appropriate and necessary,” a finding that could make it difficult to impose more stringent curbs in the future.

For now, at least, the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t seeking to rescind the 2012 standards, responding to a clamor from utilities that have already spent at least $18 billion complying with the requirements. But the EPA is asking the public to comment on whether it has the authority or obligation to do so, opening the door to a possible future repeal.