Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Needs to Uphold Pollution Limits for Power Plants

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

U.S. Needs to Uphold Pollution Limits for Power Plants

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Even though there are only five major coal-fired power plants left in Pennsylvania, Bruce Mansfield, Cheswick, Conemaugh, Homer City and Keystone seem to form a large circle around the city of Pittsburgh. Each power plant has a recent history of noncompliance with either the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act. Frustratingly, while some have made significant reductions in mercury pollution, Keystone released 1,800 pounds of mercury in 2017, the most since 2013.

It is reasonable to expect that soon the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will propose changes to the Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (established in 2011), the first-ever national limits on the amount of mercury, acid gases and other toxic pollution that power plants can emit. We need our senators and representatives to uphold these limits. …

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