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July 11, 2011

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Businesses Urge Congress to Keep Clean Air Act Timelines On Track
Delaying Toxic Emissions Reductions from the Electric Power Sector Will Discourage Investment and Stall Technology Deployment

Washington, DC — In a letter sent today to House and Senate leadership, a diverse collection of businesses and business groups urged Congress not to interfere with established Clean Air Act timelines for reducing emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants from the electric power sector.
Dick Munson, speaking on behalf of Recycled Energy Development, noted, “Companies and investors need certainty on air emissions policy. Delaying regulation will stall investment in America’s energy infrastructure and innovative technologies.”
“Reducing toxic emissions from the electric sector will not threaten the nation’s electric system reliability. Those calling for further delay are posing America with a false choice. American businesses can keep the lights on and grow the economy while protecting public health,” stated Business Council for Sustainable Energy President Lisa Jacobson.

John Stanton, speaking on behalf of SolarCity, added, “American businesses are innovating, investing, and working today to provide this nation with the clean, reliable, and affordable electricity it needs. We can do this.”

The proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards would reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants—including mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen fluoride—from new and existing coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs). Congress is considering delaying or restricting the implementation of these standards through the appropriations process and/or amendments to the Clean Air Act.

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