Alexander: Mercury Rule Has Kept Tennessee’s Air Clean

Posted on December 28, 2018

MARYVILLE, Tenn., December 28, 2018 — United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said the Mercury Rule is important to help keep Tennessee’s air clean.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released a proposed rule to revise regulations related to the Mercury Rule.

“Ever since being elected to the Senate, I have worked to clean up our air—cleaner air means better jobs as well as better health for Tennesseans,” Alexander said. “The Mercury Rule, which was finalized in 2012, required utilities to install pollution control equipment to reduce emissions of mercury and hazardous air pollutants in order to keep our air, waters and streams clean—which has been good for our state and its economy. I will review the Trump Administration’s proposed rule in the coming weeks to determine its potential impact on Tennessee.”

The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (the Mercury Rule) was finalized in February 2012 to reduce emissions of toxic air pollutants from power plants. In June 2012, Alexander voted to support the Mercury Rule on the Senate floor.


Lamar Alexander is the senior senator from Tennessee, and he serves as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. For his full biography, click here.