The Natural Resources Defense Council's sounding the alarm over a Republican move to overturn Environmental Protection Agency regulations that require cuts in mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants, including the ones run by Ameren in Illinois. Cathrine Thomasson is the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. She says the amount of pollution coming from coal plants is staggering:
She says the Ameren coal plants in Illinois cause over 350 premature deaths every year, and 2,000 emergency room or hospital visits. Ameren spent about $7.5 Million dollars for lobbying efforts last year. The NRDC says it would rather see America's Power plants spend that money conforming to EPA rules than using it to, as they say, "Lobby, Litigate, and Delay." The US Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a proposal from Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe that would eliminate the EPA's mercury and air toxics standards for power plants. The President has said he'd veto it if it passes.
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