Feb 21 - EPA Sued Over Mercury Emissions

The Environmental firm Earthjustice have sued the EPA in federal court alleging the federal government has been stalling in its mandate to reduce mercury emissions from cement kilns. A federal court required the EPA in 2000 to set standards for mercury emissions from cement kilns. Earthjustice, however, alleges not enough has been done to implement this plan.

Wastenews.com reports that there are two sets of standards for kiln mercury emissions:

The EPA in December 2006 issued new mercury emission limits for all cemnet kilns built after Dec. 2, 2005. The agency estimated the change would reduce annual mercury emissions by about one ton. Meanwhile, kilns built before Dec. 2, 2005, must adhere to procedures desinged to minimize emissions.

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