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EPA to Hold Public Hearing on National Standard for Mercury Pollution from Power Plants

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543,

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public hearing in Philadelphia on May 24, 2011 on the proposed mercury and air toxics standards. The new power plant mercury and air toxics standards would require many power plants to install widely available, proven pollution control technologies to cut harmful emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases, while preventing as many as 17,000 premature deaths and 11,000 heart attacks a year.

WHAT: Public hearing on proposed mercury and air toxics standards

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24

      The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. EDT

WHERE: Philadelphia
        Westin Philadelphia
        99 S. 17th Street at Liberty Place
        Philadelphia, PA. 19103

The public may register to speak at a specific time at a hearing by contacting Pamela Garrett at 919-541-7966 or or registering in person on the day of a hearing. EPA also will accept written comments on the proposed standards until July 5, 2011. EPA will finalize the rule by November 2011.

For more information on the hearings and instructions for submitting written comments see: