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Local environmentalists concerned with mercury ruling

Local environmentalists concerned with mercury ruling

Local environmental experts expressed frustration with a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that they say could keep the government from lowering mercury levels, although its impact could be softened locally. The court ruled June 29 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the costs to power plants when considering whether to implement new regulations that would require them to lower their mercury pollution by 90 percent. Indiana is one of the country's worst mercury polluters from coal-fired power plants, ranking third in 2012, according to numbers released by the National Resources Defense Council. Three plants in Northwest Indiana — Northern...

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