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December 21, 2011

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BCSE Statement in Reaction to the Final
Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

WASHINGTON, DC — The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) issued the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s release of the finalized Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

"Uncontrolled toxic air emissions are real and sizeable threats, both to public health and to the economy. Families, companies and investors need certainty on air emissions policy for healthier living and for economic growth.

"The finalization of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards provides more certainty on emissions policy and will drive investment in innovative technologies and America’s energy infrastructure.

"In the Council's comments on the proposed Standards earlier this year, the Council commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for offering an output-based compliance option as part of the proposed standards, an approach BCSE has long supported as a way to drive and encourage energy efficiency. We also offered a number of suggestions to further improve the Standards and look forward to reviewing the final version over the coming weeks.

"American businesses can keep the lights on and grow the economy while protecting public health.  Shifting to lower emissions technologies and resources while upgrading our nation's electric generation infrastructure will help drive economic growth and create jobs."

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