Feb. 3, 2004 — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its proposed rules for hazardous air pollutants, or as an alternative, proposed standards for new and existing stationary electric steam generating facilities.
The information was published in the Jan. 30 Federal Register and can be viewed in PDF format at THIS LINK. The rule has entered a 60-day comment period before it will be finalized.
These are the “cap and trade” mercury regulations signed by administrator Mike Leavitt on Dec. 15.
Under one proposal, emissions producers would be allowed to trade emission credits among U.S. power facilities, a move some groups have said will create “hot spots” of air pollution in certain parts of the country.
The other part of the proposal entails mercury emissions caps, set at 34 tons in 2010 and 15 tons in 2018, as seen in President Bush’s Clear Skies Initiative.