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March 15, 2005 3:00 AM

New mercury rules announced; levels lag behind current reductions

The Bush administration Tuesday told the operators of coal-fired power plants to cut mercury emissions by nearly 22 percent over the next five years, hailing the reductions as the deepest cuts technologically possible for cleansing the air of the neurological toxin. But nearly a dozen power plants nationwide have done far better already some cutting mercury emissions by as much as 94 percent in test projects paid for by the same Bush administration.

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