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

Release Date: 05/03/2011
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218,

Chicago (May 3, 2011)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a public hearing 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: The hearing will be held on May 24, 2011 beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 8 p.m. CDT

    WHERE: Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, 799 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL 60611

    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: