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Medical News and Perspectives
July 27, 2005

Medical Groups Sue EPA Over Mercury Rule

JAMA. 2005;294(4):415-416. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.415

Several national health organizations have joined a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging that the agency’s recently finalized rules on mercury emissions from power plants fail to protect children and fetuses from the toxin’s harmful health effects.

The Southern Environmental Law Center in Chapel Hill, NC, which is representing the organizations, filed a motion on June 14 to intervene in the ongoing lawsuit with the federal court of appeals in Washington, DC. The Physicians for Social Responsibility (Washington, DC), the American Public Health Association (Washington, DC), the American Nurses Association (Silver Spring, Md), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (Elk Grove, Ill) say that the mercury rule fails to meet the stringent standards the Clean Air Act sets for protecting public health.

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