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EPA scores a big one: The Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

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I spend a lot of time reading about environmental legislation and policy-making. A lot of time. And often, that time is spent closer to despair than joy, seeing how big the task ahead of humanity is, and how easily that task is derailed by something as trivial as politics. So we should celebrate our success.

Thus, Congrats to the Lisa Jackson and the EPA on finalizing the Mercury and Air Toxics emissions rule for coal plants. There might be money to be spent as a result, but literally thousands of lives will be saved because of this rule. Billions of dollars will be saved in medical costs, and the quality of life will be better for millions and millions of people alive today and yet to be born. It is a real accomplishment for our and the planet’s future.

See David Roberts for a nice piece on the new rule.

This one is a Big Deal. It’s worth lifting our heads out of the news cycle and taking a moment to appreciate that history is being made. Finally controlling mercury and toxics will be an advance on par with getting lead out of gasoline. It will save save tens of thousands of lives every year and prevent birth defects, learning disabilities, and respiratory diseases. It will make America a more decent, just, and humane place to live.

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Written by Christopher ZF

December 22, 2011 at 14:45

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