EPA chief sees boiler mercury rule in November

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 14, 2011 8:13 PM
EPA chief sees boiler mercury rule in November

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday said that the agency was reconsidering regulation for mercury emissions from industrial boilers and also expected to announce a new schedule soon for greenhouse gas regulation of power plants.

The administration of President Barack Obama is under pressure from business to cut environmental regulation that critics say is hurting the economy and last week Obama backtracked on smog plans.

"Actually we are reconsidering the boiler rule (for mercury) and we are doing some really hard work on finalizing that so we can move ahead," EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said on the sidelines of an event in San Francisco. "We are still intending to finalize that ruling in November."

The administration is also working on plans to limit greenhouse gases from power plants and oil refineries.

"Greenhouse gases for power plants is first on the docket," she added. The agency would not make a proposal target for the end of the month, though, she said. "We are still working and will be shortly announcing a new schedule."

(Reporting by Peter Henderson; Editing by Gary Hill)