Sunday, June 26, 2005

GAO Report on Mercury Control at Power Plants

GAO's report on mercury controls at powerplants released last week indicates that emerging technologies such as sorbent injection can achieve up to 95% removal and that 70% removal for a medium-sized power plant would cost roughly $ 1 million in capital costs and $ 3.4 million annually in operating and maintenance costs.  GAO acknowledges that efficiency and cost are affected by a variety of factors.  GAO also suggests that previous EPA and DOE cost estimates overstated the cost of mercury controls.  GAO report on mercury removal efficiency and costs   

This report follows the controversy about EPA's cost-benefit analysis of the March 15 mercury rule.  EPA mercury rule and supporting documents  GAO had previously criticized EPA's cost-benefit analysis.. GAO report on EPA Cost-Benefit Analysis of Mercury Rule 

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