CONGRESSWOMAN EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CUT MERCURY EMISSIONS
Mercury Emissions Reductions Act will restrict mercury emissions of coal-fired electric power plants
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today introduced the Mercury Emissions Reduction Act, which will amend the Clean Air Act to make coal-fired electric power plants subject to the most rigorous mercury emissions standard under the Clean Air Act, commonly referred to as the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standard.
“Mercury is a neurotoxin that, once emitted, can circulate for up to a year before being deposited on land or in bodies of water,” Congresswoman Johnson said. “Even at low levels, mercury can have adverse health effects, particularly on women of child-bearing age and on developing fetuses. This legislation is a basic, common-sense effort to promote public health, and I am confident it will become law during the Obama administration.”
Mercury emissions from coal-fired electric power plants are currently covered by a patchwork of regulations; standards depend on where the plant is located, when it was constructed, whether it has been modified and other factors. The MACT standard would provide a more stringent—and less confusing—regulatory framework.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that the MACT standard was warranted for all major sources of mercury emissions in 2000.
U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson is the highest-ranking Texan on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure and a senior member of the Science Committee. She represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas, which, includes Downtown Dallas, Fair Park, Oak Lawn, Old East Dallas, Pleasant Grove, & South Oak Cliff; all of Balch Springs, DeSoto, Hutchins, Lancaster & Wilmer and parts of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Ferris, Glenn Heights and Ovilla.