A group of 32 senators has moved to overturn the controversial mercury
rule the Bush Administration adopted in March. The new rule, as finalized
by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), exempts power plants from the
strict regulations on emissions established by the Clean Air Act, which if
put into effect would reduce mercury emissions an estimated 90% by 2008. Under
the new rule, however, such plants could participate in an industry-favored
cap-and-trade program that would not go into effect until 2010 and which would
reduce emissions to 70% of current emissions in 2018.
Kuehn BM. Mercury Rule Challenged. JAMA. 2005;294(10):1201. doi:10.1001/jama.294.10.1201-c
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