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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Mercury Control: Finding Solutions that Balance Environmental Risk and Energy Impacts
Author: Kristine Krause
Summary: In this opinion piece, Kristine Krause of the Wisconsin Energy Corp., expresses the objections of Wisconsin Electric-Wisconsin Gas (WE-WG) to the proposed rules for mercury emissions from utilities and other sources in the state. WE-WG claims that the proposed rules, drafted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, will not accomplish the anticipated environmental benefits, and that a significant flaw in the proposed policy would require the utility company to landfill fly ash currently reused in concrete manufacturing. The utility further claims that the proposal would also dictate a reliance on natural gas that would result in increased consumer cost and decreased energy supply reliability. As an alternative to the proposed rules, WE-WG recommends a policy that would allow an alternative compliance option for companies or sources with a state-approved multi-emission reduction plan in place that addresses nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and mercury emissions. (Length: 7 pages)
Publisher: Air & Waste Management Association, One Gateway Center, Third Floor, 420 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA.
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