Washington, D.C. – Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court remanded to a lower court the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) landmark rule limiting harmful mercury and air toxics from coal-fired power plants.

Senator Boxer said: “The Supreme Court’s decision does not question EPA’s Clean Air Act authority to limit hazardous air pollutants, but instead directs EPA to revise the timing for when costs are considered in the mercury and air toxics rule. EPA should move quickly to incorporate its cost analysis into the rule, as called for by the Supreme Court, so that this critical public health safeguard, which prevents premature deaths, heart attacks, asthma attacks and emergency room visits, can remain in place to protect the American people.”