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State Authority Over Mercury Emissions From Power Plants

| Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2005 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

We received a question on the whether or not states like New Jersey have authority to enact more stringent rules on mercury emissions from power plants than what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued recently.

Here is the original question:

Q. My state (New Jersey) is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its new regulation regarding mercury emissions from power plants. What’s the problem? I thought states had authority to limit mercury emissions?

The complete answer from our very own Dr. Dave:  Do states have the authority to limit mercury emissions?



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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power. More

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