Semiannual Report to Congress

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Courtesy of US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency

During this semiannual reporting period, two of our more important activities focused on the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make air safe and healthy to breathe, and to help improve homeland security.

We found that EPA senior management instructed Agency staff to develop a standard for mercury that would result in a specific emission total for all coal-fired utilities, instead of basing the standard on an unbiased determination. Regulating airborne mercury is critical, because it ultimately can contaminate fish that we consume. We recommended that EPA develop a new standard based on Clean Air Act requirements.

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