Justices at the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 June 29 against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) landmark Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (MATS) outlines, ruling that the Obama Administration’s push to limit mercury and pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants failed to consider costs and compliance issues.
Canada’s PotashCorp. of Saskatchewan (PCS), the largest potash producer, made an offer to acquire Germany’s K+S, the world’s largest salt producer and the No. 6 potash producer. A price was not disclosed, but it would be the biggest deal in the potash business since the Canadian government rejected BHP Billiton’s $7.8 billion takeover bid for PCS in November 2010. K+S said the process was ongoing and it is currently assessing available options.