Grand Island might suspend mercury controls while rules reviewed

Posted By: Jenn Hatcher

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) _ One Nebraska city is considering suspending its mercury control efforts at its power plant to save money while federal officials review the rules requiring that.       
The rules governing mercury controls at coal power plants are on hold after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month.
Grand Island Utilities Director Tim Luchsinger tells The Grand Island Independent ( ) he expects the mercury rule to be reinstated in some form, but suspending the program could save the city more than $250,000 a year.
Since 2011, the city has spent $47 million to install additional pollution control systems at its power plant. So it already has the mercury control system in place.