President Joe Biden plans in coming days to shore up one of the most consequential environmental regulations in history by moving to restore the legal foundation for limits on mercury pollution from power plants.
Restrictions on mercury, imposed by the Obama administration, are credited with reducing the emissions from coal-fired power plants by 84% and cutting in half the number of children exposed to unsafe levels before birth.
“This is an environmental success story,” said Elsie Sunderland, a professor of environmental science and engineering at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Coal-fired power plants are one of the ...