Bush to renege on mercury?
Predictably, Midwestern plant owners don't like the mercury rules, and they have allies in the business-friendly Department of Energy, reports the Associated Press. Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of U.S. mercury emissions.
In other mercury news, a study by the Mercury Policy Project reveals that one in 20 cans of white, or albacore, tuna contains unhealthy levels of the heavy metal. Canned tuna is consumed in 90 percent of American households and one third of all canned tuna is albacore.
Meanwhile, states are picking up the federal slack. Wisconsin is proposing a clampdown on mercury from utility smokestacks, and an agreement between utility operators, the state and environmental groups recently resulted in an historic commitment to reduce mercury emissions by 92 percent at coal-fired plants in Connecticut. "It's a great day for children's health," says Brooke Suter of Clean Water Action. CONTACT: Mercury Policy Project, (802)223-9000, www.mercurypolicy.org.
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