EPA Admits Pollution Rule Not Likely to Arrive in 2001

Date: November 8, 2001

Source: News Room

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged it will likely miss its self-imposed deadline for issuing stricter power plant air pollution standards by year¹s end. The Bush administration¹s proposal is awaited by the Senate Environment Committee, who has pledged to push ahead with legislation requiring drastic cuts of at least 75% in four pollutants spewed by U.S. utilities. Utility executives and a recent EPA study claim limits on all four pollutants and mercury plants to close at a time when they say the nation needs more energy. Environmental groups and some Democrats say more stringent limits are needed to protect public health.

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