Supreme Court To Hear Challenges To EPA Regulation

indian-pointJustices for the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments by fossil fuel groups questioning the regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, a national standard finalized in 2011, which should be in full swing by next year. The groups question the authority of the EPA and say the supposed benefits of $37-90 billion annually, is overstated. The agency says the high savings is due to a prevention of up to 11,000 deaths, 4,700 non-fatal heart attacks, and 540,000 lost work days which trumps the $9 billion price tag of implementation. 19 New York coal and oil power plant utilities are included in the regulations however most plants are located in the South and Midwest. The NAACP’s environmental director, Jacqui Patterson says plants scattered throughout the New York City boroughs impact communities of color citing 71% for African Americans versus 56% for the general community. Nationwide, 16 utility plants have either already implemented equipment changes to follow regulations or will comply shortly.

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