Mercury rule to limit risk to lives, IQs

Posted by Trish Riley, January 1, 2012

It is one of the most important public health measures in a generation, one that will save tens of thousands of American lives. It will protect the IQ of countless American kids and help clear the air for the millions of Americans with asthma. It may be the biggest health story you’ve never heard of.

I’m referring to the ruling the Obama administration unveiled Dec. 21 to control toxic mercury pollution from coal-burning power plants. These rules have been 21 years in the making, and now, at long last, they will bring Americans some relief from a pervasive toxin.

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