Statement by EDF President Fred Krupp on EPA's New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

December 17, 2011

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“Every decade or so, the United States takes a giant step forward on the road to cleaner, healthier air. Getting the lead out of gasoline was one. Reducing acid rain was another. Now, according to the Washington Post, the Administration is set to announce a new giant step that directs power plants to cut their emissions of mercury and other air toxins. Though we don’t yet have all the details, this much is clear: After 21 years of debate, mercury has at long last been added to the list of public health enemies that have no place in our children’s air, water and food.”

Fred Krupp, President of Environmental Defense Fund

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