Coal-fired power could be considerably cleaner

A new report by the American Lung Association, entitled “Toxic Air: The Case for Cleaning Up Coal-fired Power Plants”, documents a range of hazardous air pollutants emitted from power plants and the urgent need to clean them up to protect public health. The report also discusses the technologies that are available for dramatically cutting these emissions – technologies that are commercially available and proven to work.

“It’s time that we end the ‘toxic loophole’ that has allowed coal-burning power plants to operate without any federal limits on emissions of mercury, arsenic, dioxin, acid gases such as hydrogen chloride and other dangerous pollutants,” said Charles D. Connor, president and CEO of the American Lung Association.

Source: American Lung Association press release, 8 March 2011.

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