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Court Says EPA Should Limit Pulp Mills’ Toxic Mercury Releases (3)

April 21, 2020, 3:17 PMUpdated: April 21, 2020, 7:17 PM

The EPA should limit releases of toxic mercury, dioxin, and other pollutants from pulp mills because it failed to address them when it set industry standards in 2001, and when it revised them in 2017, the D.C. Circuit said Tuesday.

The 2-1 ruling was a win for environmental groups, which persuaded the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reject the Environmental Protection Agency’s argument that the Clean Air Act allows it to regulate only some toxic pollutants from the pulp mill industry.

Earthjustice attorney James Pew, who argued the case for the environmental petitioners, said ...