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Managing Principal Sue Tierney Explores Rollout of Air Toxics Standard

June 12, 2012

In a new research report “The Positive Outlook for Cleaner Air and Reliable Electric Service,” Managing Principal Susan Tierney examines the impact that implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS) could have on the reliability of the nation’s electricity services. MATS was designed to give Americans healthier, cleaner air by reducing emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants, Dr. Tierney explains in the white paper. However, some parties are calling for Congress to delay MATS’s implementation in the United States because of compliance hurdles that electric system operators could face that could affect grid reliability. Progress has already been made on compliance issues and processes, Dr. Tierney notes. That progress, combined with ongoing coordination and proactive planning, offers strong evidence that Congress should not seek to delay MATS, she concludes. “Americans need not compromise cleaner air for affordable, reliable electricity,” she says.

Read the white paper