Power Plant Mercury Emissions Poisoning the Great Lakes

Jun 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story

by Thom Cmar, via NRDC’s Switchboard

This week the NRDC released a report, Poisoning the Great Lakes: Mercury Emissions from Coal Fired Power Plants in the Great Lakes Region, which highlights the impacts of mercury emissions from Great Lakes power plants on the people, fish, birds, and wildlife of our region.  EPA recently issued new nationwide Mercury and Air Toxics Standards that require power plants to cut their mercury emissions by 90% on average, as well as to make similar cuts to their emissions of arsenic, lead, acid gases, and other toxic air pollution.

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The report focuses on the 144 coal-fired power plants in the Great Lakes region, and names the 25 worst emitters, which were responsible for putting over 7,000 pounds of mercury into the air in 2010.

For more on this story, visit: Power Plant Mercury Emissions Poisoning the Great Lakes | ThinkProgress.

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