Coal-Fired Power Plants in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Doyle wants coal-fired power plants in Wisconsin to reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent.

The governor said today he'll ask the Department of Natural Resources to develop a rule to accomplish the reduction. But, Doyle didn't set a target date.

Michigan and several other states have set a 90 percent reduction standard for 2018.

Doyle says coal-fired power plants accounted for 40 percent of the state's mercury emissions, which can make fish unsafe to eat for pregnant women and young children and threatens the state's fishing industry.

He says the D-N-R would work with utilities and environmental groups to develop the rule as soon as possible. Lawmakers will also be able to review the rule and suggest changes before it would go into effect.

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