Last Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld a decision made earlier this year by a Pennsylvania Court Judge who decided the Department of Environmental Protection’s attempt to regulate statewide mercury emissions beyond federal standards was unlawful, invalid, and unenforceable.
Fred Mullner from PAWaterCooler.com explains that there are already stringent federal mercury regulations laid out by the federal EPA, which apply to all states equally.
This is both a major victory for electricity suppliers and consumers. Regulations that go beyond the federal requirements put Pennsylvania power plants at a competitive disadvantage. The increase cost for producing electricity under those regulations would have been passed down to the customers.