The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a lifesaving, fully implemented, effective pollution prevention program that specifically protects pregnant women and babies from harm. Since 2012, the mercury standards have helped to dramatically lower mercury emissions from coal plants.
15: Number of coal plants in North Carolina that have reduced mercury and air toxics pollution as a result of mercury standards.
70%: Amount that mercury pollution has decreased in North Carolina since 2011.
$3.9 billion: Amount of health benefits to North Carolinians each year due to mercury standards.
14: Bodies of water with fish advisories across North Carolina due to mercury contamination.