The Environmental Protection Agency submitted a status report to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit October 12 showing that it has made significant progress on a proposed rule to reconsider mercury and air toxics standards for new power plants. The agency has prepared a draft rulemaking package, and is completing the preamble, regulatory text, and technical support documents. Agency officials are on track to issue a final rule by March 2013. The court held in abeyance September 13 litigation over mercury standards for new power plants while the agency completes an administrative reconsideration of the standards, and the agency is required to file status reports every 30 days.