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Hearing Scheduled to Take Additional Public Comment on Actions Regulating Mercury Emissions from Utilities

Release Date: 11/16/2005
Contact Information:

Contact: John Millett, 202-564-4355 /

(11/16/05) EPA will hold a hearing Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, to provide opportunity for additional public comment. EPA is granting requests for additional comment on the first-ever rule to regulate mercury emissions from power plants. Finalized in March, 2005, these rules will result in approximately 70 percent reductions in mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants when fully implemented.

EPA is granting the public additional time for comment on portions of its 112 Revision rule, the methods EPA used to assess the amount of utility-attributable mercury levels in fish tissue and the public health implications of those levels, and the legal issues underlying the decision. The agency will also take comment on certain aspects of the Clean Air Mercury Rule, the cap-and-trade approach that EPA will use to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Where: EPA
109 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, N.C. 27711

When: The hearing will start at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.

Note: Anyone attending the hearing will need to have photo identification to enter the EPA campus.

The public comment period will remain open until Dec. 19, 2005. For more information, including information on submitting comments electronically, by mail, by facsimile or by hand delivery/courier, go to: and
EPA will consider written comments submitted during the comment periods with the same weight as oral comments presented during the public hearings.