On October 24, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied an industry groups request to postpone for one year the Environmental Protection Agency’s deadline for issuing the utility most achievable control technology standards. At the same time, the court granted a request from the EPA and environmental and health groups to delay the rule, which targets mercury and other air toxics from power plants, for one month until December 16 in order to respond to 960,000 public comments received on the proposed rule.