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Posted on January 18, 2012

Understanding the Court Decision on the Air Toxics Standards for Boilers

by Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation

In March 2011, EPA finalized rules to regulate emissions of air toxics, including mercury, from large industrial boilers and solid waste incinerators.  EPA decided to keep the standards from going into effect, however, because we wanted to make sure the rules reflected new information and additional public comments. In December 2011, EPA re-proposed the rules that reflect new information and we expect to finalize them later this year. EPA and the Obama Administration are committed to these standards and the significant health benefits for our children and our families.

Last week the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision that ended EPA’s stay of the original March 2011 rules. After an initial review of the court’s decision, EPA is not aware of any sources that might be adversely affected. In addition, the EPA will continue to examine the decision and work with permitting authorities and industry to address any issues that might arise.

Specifically, using our enforcement discretion, EPA will issue a no action assurance letter shortly, informing sources that EPA will not enforce any of the administrative notification requirements in the old rules for a period of time while EPA works to finalize the rules by spring of this year.

All this to say, EPA looks forward to finalizing the rules on an expedited basis later this year as they are projected to avoid up to 8,100 premature deaths, prevent 5,100 heart attacks and avert 52,000 asthma attacks per year in 2015.  They will keep the health benefits of the original rules, while significantly reducing the cost of compliance to industry. The standards would focus on the less than one percent of boilers that emit the majority of pollution from this sector and are based on currently available technologies that are in use by sources across the country.

Looking ahead, the final, rewritten rules will address the compliance date for existing boilers and incinerators. Though the final rules need to reflect comments received during the public comment process, it is EPA’s current intention to work toward final standards that give existing sources the full time allowed under the Clean Air Act –with a possibility that some sources could request an additional year from the States.

In the meantime, this Administration will oppose attempts to take away EPA’s ability to complete the standards and deliver overdue safeguards to the American public. The Obama Administration is fully committed to reducing mercury, dioxin and other harmful pollutants from boilers in our communities. The Court’s decision will not impact our ability to deliver on that promise.

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Posted on January 11, 2012

President Obama visits the EPA

Yesterday President Barack Obama stopped by EPA headquarters to deliver a message to the agency. His remarks were webcast to regional offices throughout the country, allowing the president to remind every EPA employee that “your mission is vital” and “you’ve got a President who is grateful for your work and will stand with you every inch of the way.”

You can watch President Obama’s full remarks and read the transcript below:


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Posted on December 23, 2011

Cutting Mercury and Protecting America’s Children

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson shares a laugh with a reporter during the Q&A portion of the official announcement.

U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson at the official Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Announcement Event at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC

From historic efforts to cut pollution from American automobiles to strong measures to prevent power plant pollution from crossing state lines, 2011 was already a banner year for clean air and the health of the American people. And the EPA is closing out the year with our biggest clean air protection yet.

Last week, we finalized the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, a rule that will protect millions of families and, especially, children from air pollution. Before this rule, there were no national standards that limited the amount of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases power plants across the country could release into the air we breathe. Mercury is a neurotoxin that is particularly harmful to children, and emissions of mercury and other air toxics have been linked to damage to developing nervous systems, respiratory illnesses and other diseases. MATS will require power plants to install emissions controls that will also reduce particle pollution, which has been linked to premature death and cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Continue reading in Greenversations

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Posted on November 3, 2011

Only in Washington

by Seth Oster

You may have seen some coverage of a speech Administrator Jackson made the other day at Howard University. If you have, you have probably seen some people reacting strongly to something they claim the Administrator said. The only problem is, she never said it.

How could someone react to something that was never said? Read Ken Ward’s blog at the Charleston Gazette to read what actually happened, and to experience a genuine “only in Washington” moment.

Seth Oster is the Associate Administrator for External Affairs and Environmental Education at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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