EPA puts cap on toxic power plant emissions

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set limits on mercury and other dangerous emissions from power plants, much to the chagrin of industry officials and Republican legislators who wanted the agency to stand down.

The mercury and air toxics standards (MATS) set maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for all hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) emitted by coal- and oil-fired electricity-generating units with a capacity of 25MW or greater, as these facilities emit many of the 187 hazardous air pollutants listed in the Clean Air Act, the EPA said.

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