Illinois Coal Plants Have to Clean Up Its Coal Burning of Mercury
WTOW T V-news
( Air Date: 12/13/2006 )
Coal burning power plants in Illinois are going to have to become very clean very quickly. A legislative panel has okayed new rules requiring a 90% cut in mercury emissions in three years. Governor Rod Blagojevich pushed the plan as part of his clean air initiative. His office blames mercury emissions from coal burning power plants for warnings about fish and other seafood. Most coal fired power plants in the state will have to either shut down or install million dollar-plus scrubbers to their smokestacks to comply with the new rules. Illinois` 90% mercury rules are now the toughest in the nation, even tougher than federal clean air standards.