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Juneau: New #EPA rules 'mostly' miss Alaska Electric Light and Power Company's diesel plants #CarbonFootprint

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Posted: December 22, 2011 - 12:10am


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released new standards for limiting the emission of mercury and other hazardous pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

The EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards puts new limits on power plant emissions of mercury, arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium and cyanide. These emissions are considered toxic pollutants, according to the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.

The new standards focus on power plants, or electric generation units, because other large sources of mercury, medical waste incinerators and municipal waste combustors have already reduced mercury emissions by more than 90 percent in the last 15 years, according to EPA’s website. Power plants must reduce emissions by 10 percent, from 59 tons of mercury a year down to 53 tons annually.

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