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

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Contact Information: Enesta Jones (News Media Only),, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold three public hearings in May 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 hearings on proposed mercury and air toxics standards

WHEN: May 24 and 26, 2011

        Each hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m. (local time)

WHERE: May 24: Chicago, Ill.
        Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
        799 W. Madison St.
        Chicago, Ill. 60611

        May 24: Philadelphia, Pa.
        Westin Philadelphia
        99 S. 17th Street at Liberty Place
        Philadelphia, Pa. 19103

        May 26: Atlanta, Ga.
        Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
        61 Forsyth St. SW
        Atlanta, Ga. 30303-8960

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.

More information on the hearings and instructions for submitting written comments: