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Thu, Dec 22, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

New EPA Limits on Mercury Emissions


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Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Coal burning power plants have three years to comply with the EPA's first ever national standards for mercury emissions. According to the EPA, the new regulations released on Wednesday will prevent 91 percent of mercury in coal from being released into the air. But utilities are unhappy with the new standards, citing the high cost -- $11 billion by 2016 -- and a threat to job creation in the U.S.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club
  • Ryan Tracy, energy and environmental policy reporter for the Wall Street Journal
  • Scott Segal, executive director of Electric Reliability Coordinating Council (ERCC)

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