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Statement from U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson on EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Today, U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson, the former CEO and chairman of the California-based energy company Edison International, issued the following statement in response to the EPA’s new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

“For business leaders, there are few challenges greater than uncertainty, and by issuing today’s ruling, this administration has answered definitively a question that has hung over the U.S. energy industry for nearly 20 years,” Bryson said. "These new standards have benefits that far exceed costs, and the flexibility built into their adoption will help guarantee that implementation will proceed in a thoughtful, common-sense way that limits negative impacts on businesses.”