AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas environmentalists are cheering new
federal environmental standards that will force coal- and oil-fired
power plants to reduce mercury emissions and toxic pollutants or
Industry leaders, however, say they could lead to layoffs and
undo strain on the state's power grid.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson
announced the new rules Wednesday in Washington.
Texas has 19 coal-fired power plants, more than any other state,
and plans to build nine more.
Environmental groups say Texas is America's top mercury polluter
and that the regulations will have scores of long-term health
Some power companies, however, argue that the new rules could
lead to power shortages as plants close to for improvements. They
say other plants may shut down entirely, leading to job losses.