MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It looks like Wisconsin utilities will face tougher mercury standards.
State pollution officials have proposed a rule that would require utilities to slash mercury emissions by 90 percent over the next decade.
Companies could delay that by another five years if they make reductions in other pollutants.
Republican lawmakers had objected to the rule, sending it to the Legislature's rules review committee.
That committee has until Monday to call a hearing on the matter.
But Sen. Bob Jauch (JOWK), a Poplar Democrat and committee co-chairman, says he won't do anything with the rule.
That means it will clear the Legislature and could go into effect as early as Dec. 1.