UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- The EPA has announced new regulations forcing power companies to control mercury and toxin pollutants or be shut down.
According to the Environmental Integrity Project, Texas is the nations top power plant mercury polluter, with it's 19 coal-fired plants producing 16.9 percent of the total U.S. mercury air emissions in 2010.
The EPA has given a 3-year time frame to decrease those emissions which companies say might not be enough time.
"EPA has included a process that ERCOT and four of the other independent system operators, requested to allow a limited extension for power plants that were needed for reliability," said Dottie Roark, ERCOT.
According to an AP survey, the regulations, time and money needed to meet the requirements would force 32 out of fifty-five coal-powered plants to retire in the U.S.