EPA administrator Lisa Jackson announced Tuesday a decision to extend by 30 days the public commenting period on a proposed rule designed to curb toxic power plant pollution.
The EPA has been under increasing pressure to the delay implementation of the standards—already decades in-the-making—by some in Congress and coal-fired utilities.
Yet, the proposed standards, which would require utilities to install clean technology to reduce mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, and other harmful air pollution, are projected to provide a substantial cost benefit to the public, insists the EPA. For each $1 invested in reducing toxic air pollution, the public will reap $13 in benefits.
The extension will not delay the implementation of the final set of standards, which are planned for November.