The state Department of Natural Resources is being called on to reduce the environmental impact of mercury emissions.
The Governor is directing the DNR to develop a rule requiring coal-fired power plants to cut mercury emissions 90-percent by 2015. Deputy DNR Secretary Pat Henderson says it's designed to improve the health of the state by preventing over 4,400 tons of mercury from being released into the environment.
Henderson says the current output causes breathing problems for many people. It has also resulted in mercury advisories being put in place for every body of water in Wisconsin.
Henderson says the proposal does give polluters an option to extend the 2015 deadline. Power plants will be able to ask for a delay until 2021, but will have to reduce emissions of other pollutants.
The DNR will hold hearings next month on the proposed rule change.