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The Boston Globe

Oldest, dirtiest power plants told to clean up

New EPA rules aim to rein in toxic pollution
By
Dina Capiello

The EPA announced new regulations yesterday that will force all power plants to control mercury and other toxic pollutants for the first time. Health advocates said the move was long overdue. The new standards will rein in the largest remaining source of uncontrolled toxic pollution in the United States - the emissions from the nation’s coal- and oil-fired power plants, which have been allowed to run for decades without addressing their full environmental and public health costs.

Environmentalist call these new regulations the "biggest clean air action yet". Power plant operators will have to choose between installing pollution control equipment, switching to cleaner-burning natural gas, or shutting down.