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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Victory: Coal Plants Must Cut Mercury

In a huge victory for public health, a federal court ruled on Friday that an Environmental Protection Agency policy allowing coal-fired power plants to evade mandatory cuts in toxic mercury pollution was illegal. The ruling came as a result of efforts by the Sierra Club, 14 states, dozens of Native American tribes, and public health groups to close the EPA's special interest loophole.

Coal-fired power plants, which are one of the largest sources of mercury pollution in the United States, will now have to dramatically reduce the amount of mercury they spew into our air.

Find out how much mercury is in your body and what you can do to fight mercury pollution!

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