Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)
- Power plants are the biggest source of mercury
Power plants are currently the dominant emitters of mercury, acid gases and many toxic metals in the U.S. Read more
- Existing technology can remove toxics
Controls to meet limits are widely available. Learn more
- Plants have time to meet the standards
It is several years before plants need to comply. Learn more
- Rule will improve public health
Benefits total $37 billion to $90 billion each year. Read more
- MATS reduces toxic pollution
Toxics from fossil fuel-fired power plants cause serious health impacts. Learn more
- Power plant pollution and health effects
Methylmercury exposure is a particular concern for women of childbearing age, unborn babies, and young children. Learn more.
- Healthier lakes, streams and fish
Power plant emissions damage our environment and pollute our nation's lakes and streams. Read more
- Less mercury contamination
Mercury contamination affects populations of numerous fish species, waterfowl and mammals that eat fish. Learn more
- Improved visibility
Pollution from power plants degrades visibility where we live, work and travel. Learn more.
Jerome Bettis talks about asthma and the effects of air pollution.
Public service announcement about the EPA's Mercury
and Air Toxics Standards