The agency will not delay implementing these standards while it considers potential minor changes that would further clarify and simplify the rules. As EPA considers these minor changes, EPA will seek opportunities for further clarification, simplification, or flexibility without sacrificing important health protection from emissions of mercury, soot and other harmful air pollutants.
Both rules will remain in place while EPA reconsiders these issues, to ensure that public health protections resulting from these rules are not delayed. Combined, the two rules are expected to dramatically cut emissions of mercury, particle pollution and other pollutants. Mercury can damage children’s developing brains, and particle pollution is linked to a wide variety of serious health effects, including aggravated asthma, heart attacks, and premature death. The rules are estimated to yield between $7 and $19 in public health benefits for every dollar spent. Additional public health benefits are expected as a result of controls on mercury and other air toxics. (EPA)
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