The Environmental Protection Agency will be hosting a public comment session in Chicago
on Thursday, the last day of the public comment period for the proposed
Mercury and Air Toxics Rule. The proposed regulation would cut toxic mercury pollution, arsenic and acid gases from coal-fired power plants by 91 percent, according to a release announcing the event.
So far, a record number of public comments supporting the rule has come from 800,000 Americans, including 16,000 from Illinois alone. The issue is especially contentious in Chicago right now after the Clean Power Ordinance was re-introduced in City Council last week. Chicago's own Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants are located in Pilsen and Little Village, respectively, and has been a dangerous polluter and a major political issue in recent years.
The public comment session will take place on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at EPA Region 5 Headquarters, 77 W. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago.