Kids and Parents Breathe Easier after Supreme Court Decision on Toxic Mercury Emissions

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied a request to block an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule related to toxic emissions of Mercury. A legal challenge to the Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS) is ongoing, but yesterday’s decision means states will have to comply with the regulations while the EPA conducts a review of the full cost of their implementation, which is expected to conclude in April.

The decision, made by Chief Justice John Roberts on his authority as the D.C. Circuit justice, will help to protect infants and young children, who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of mercury poisoning. EPA officials estimate that the regulations—which target mercury and other toxic pollutants emitted by power plants—would reduce those emissions by 90 percent.

For more on this issue, check out Moms’ Clean Air Force, a group of activist moms—and dads—working to combat air pollution and keep kids healthy.