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Mercury: Much Ado About Nothing?

How the Clean Air Mercury Rule will affect coal prices.

Fortnightly Magazine - June 2005

technologies sooner then would have otherwise occurred. 

Overall, most emissions-control devices will be installed to comply with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the Clean Air Interstate Rule, and stricter local regulations, rather than to comply with CAMR. Mercury reduction will be a co-benefit of compliance with SO 2, NOx, and particulate matter emissions requirements. In other words, compliance with CAMR will largely result as a co-benefit of existing and proposed SO 2, NOx, and particulate matter control devices and will not result in significant increases in the cost of using coal.