EPA introduces new limits on mercury and other emissions

    An announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday got mixed reviews.

    EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the agency will limit for the first time mercury, arsenic, selenium, cyanide and other harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants.

    It was welcome news for environmentalists, but Politico reports Republicans in Congress are already working on a resolution to stop the new rule.

    The EPA says the construction and maintenanct of the pollution controls will create about 46,000 short-term jobs and 8,000 long-term ones.

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