Proposed reductions of toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants are a needed step to improve public health in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson has announced new standards to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic chemicals from power plants. The changes would prove especially beneficial to the Delaware Valley and South Jersey, which are downwind from some of the worst-polluting plants in the nation. Jackson said the new rules would prevent thousands of cases of asthma, heart attacks, and premature deaths.
In all, toxic emissions would be reduced by 91 percent. Utilities will have up to four years to retrofit to meet the tougher standards, although some industry officials are fighting the proposal as too costly.