EPA's weak mercury emission rule has passed another hurdle on its way to law. Senators Leahy and Collins did not quite get enough votes (47-51) to overturn the pending EPA regulations. As NRDC reports, an appeals court reject a lawsuit against the regs brough by environmental groups and 14 states. Some New England states are trying to move forward with their own regulations, though they obviously can't curtail the emissions coming from big midwestern utilities.
Photo of bald eagle, evidently found with high mercury levels in Indiana.