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Last Page Update: 12/08/2006
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North Carolina Adopts Clean Air Mercury Rule

The Environmental Management Commission (EMC) adopted the Clean Air Mercury Rule at its November meeting in Raleigh. The purpose of the rule is to limit the emissions of mercury from coal-fired electrical generation units (EGUs). The final regulations require Duke Energy and Progress Energy to install air pollution control equipment. (See press release from NC DENR.) The state had until November 17, 2006, to submit a plan for implementing the mercury emission guidelines that were promulgated by the EPA. The purpose of the clean air mercury rule is to limit the emissions of mercury from coal-fired electrical generation units (EGUs).

Public hearings were held on the proposed rule on May 25th at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, on June 1st at the Archdale Building in Raleigh, and on June 8th at the Lessie Building of Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC. The hearing officer, Thom Allen, received numerous comments at the public hearings and from written submittals. The hearings were mandated by the Air Quality Committee of the EMC after the drafting of the proposed North Carolina clean air mercury rule.

Related News and Links

Final rule on reconsideration of revision to 2000 CAA section 112(n) finding - 06/09/06.
EPA Web Page - Controlling Mercury Emissions from Power Plants.
STAPPA/ALAPCO's - State Programs to Control Mercury Emissions.