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New York Times: Toward Healthier Air

22 Dec 2011  |   Mike Palamuso

Tags: Clean Air

The New York Times runs a great editorial today on yesterday's historic annoucement on the first-ever national standards for mercury and other toxic air pollution.

Resisting strenuous last-minute lobbying by some of the nation’s biggest utilities, the Obama administration announced on Wednesday a final rule requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants by roughly 90 percent within the next five years.

This is a big victory for environmentalists and scientists who have worked for 20 years to regulate these pollutants — and an even bigger one for the public. When fully effective, the rule could save as many as 11,000 premature deaths a year and avoid countless unnecessary illnesses.

Click here for more on this big victory for public health.

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