07 Dec '11, 7pm

New Report Names the Top U.S. Mercury Polluters - Is One of Them in Your Backyard? From @MaryAnneHitt #coal

New Report Names the Top U.S. Mercury Polluters - Is One of Them in Your Backyard? From @MaryAnneHitt #coal

I just came back from a trip to Illinois, where the state had the good sense to put mercury protections in place for coal-fired power plants back in 2006. Unfortunately, here in West Virginia and in most other states, there are no mercury protections in place whatsoever , because the coal lobby has spent the last two decades blocking federal mercury standards for coal plants. So mercury rains down on the rest of us, while residents of a handful of states enjoy strong mercury protections. Today, a new report names the top mercury polluters in the country , and you should check it out – one of them might be in your state, or even in your backyard. I’ve written about the health effects of coal plant’s mercury emissions numerous times – and the reason I keep beating that drum is because the industry is getting away with so much as they pollute our air and water, while our fami...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-12-07-new-report-names-...

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