On March 15, 2005, EPA issued the Clean Air Mercury Rule to permanently cap and reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants for the first time ever. This rule makes the United States the first country in the world to regulate mercury emissions from utilities.
On March 10, 2005, in a separate but related action, EPA issued the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), a rule that will dramatically reduce air pollution that moves across state boundaries.
Together the Clean Air Mercury Rule and the Clean Air Interstate Rule create a multi-pollutant strategy to reduce emissions throughout the United States.
Where to find more information:
Basic Information - Summary of the final Clean Air Mercury Rule as well as a summary of the design of the program and the benefits it will provide.
Regulatory Actions - Links to proposed and final rules, fact sheets, and other rulemaking documents.
Charts and Tables - A collection of printable charts, tables, and graphics demonstrating the health and environmental benefits of the Clean Air Mercury Rule.
Technical Information - Technical support information and links to related information.
Mercury Home - Provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family.