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March , 2015
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Obama: Mercury air pollution rule faces test at U.S. top court

Source: Planet Ark, Date: March , 2015

The latest legal test of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda reaches the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices consider a challenge to a regulation intended to limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The nine justices are due to hear a 90-minute oral argument on whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the cost of compliance when deciding whether to regulate the pollutants. Industry groups and some states appealed after an appeals court upheld the regulation in June 2014. Among companies opposing the rule are Peabody Energy Corp, the nation's largest coal producer. Exelon Corp, the biggest U.S. nuclear power plant operator, is one of several power companies that support the rule.

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