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Coal burning power plants are the largest source of mercury emissions in the US and the largest source worldwide.

Coal burning power plants are the largest source of mercury emissions in the US and the largest source worldwide.

The proposed toxics rule would reduce emissions of heavy metals, including mercury (Hg), arsenic, chromium, and nickel, and acid gases…. Power plants are the largest source of mercury emissions to the air. Once mercury from the air reaches water, microorganisms can change it into methylmercury, a highly toxic form that builds up in fish…. Mercury and other power plant emissions also damage the environment and pollute our nation's lakes, streams, and fish. A range of … strategies are available to power plants to meet the emission limits, including wet and dry scrubbers, dry sorbent injection systems, activated carbon injection systems, and baghouses. [T]he proposed toxics rule would cut emissions of pollutants that are of particular concern for children … including [their] effects on IQ, learning, and memory.

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/a-mercury-cleanup-begins

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