Editorial: In celebration of cleaner air – Times Union

Posted by Trish Riley, December 27, 2011

THE ISSUE:New EPA regulations for mercury emissions have been imposed at last.THE STAKES:Cleaner air, cleaner water and economic opportunity.The last days of 2011 offer those concerned about the air we breathe and the waterways we enjoy all the more reason to celebrate. They might party like it’s, oh, 1990.That’s when the landmark legislation known as the Clean Air Act had last been amended in any major way.The law’s regulations of air pollutants, significant as they were, had one notable omission: More needed to be done to control the mercury and other toxins from coal- and oil-burning power plants.President Obama’s adoption last week of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards is a complement to environmental regulation that was two decades in coming.

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