Dina Cappiello of The Associated Press is reportingÂ that the Obama administration will seek more stringent controls on mercury pollution from the nation’s coal-fired power plant, “abandoning a Bush administration approach that the industry supported.”
The news is also being reported by Reuters, andÂ is making the rounds of environmental-issue blogs.
David Baron, an attorney with Earthjustice, issued this statement about Obama’s decision:
â€œTodayâ€™s news signals an end to years of attempts by the Bush administration to undermine Clean Air Act protections against mercuryÂ and comes not a moment too soon. The Bush policies have allowed coal plants to release more than 700,000 pounds of mercury pollution during the past eight years.”