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Protect Our Health: Clean Up Toxic Mercury

Protect Our Health: Clean Up Toxic Mercury

Mercury is poison.

And yet, every year coal-fired power plants produce more than 386,000 tons of hazardous air pollutants, including mercury, arsenic, lead and acid gases, all of which contribute to a host of severe health problems from birth defects to premature death.

Mercury, a potent neurotoxin, is a particular threat to pregnant women and young children.

Coal-Burning Power Plants Biggest Human-Caused Source Of Mercury

When coal is burned, mercury is released into the environment. Coal-burning power plants are the largest human-caused source of mercury emissions to the air in the United States, accounting for over 40 percent of all domestic human-caused mercury emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues regulations that require industry to reduce mercury releases to air and water and to properly treat and dispose of mercury wastes. The organization also works with industry to promote voluntary reductions in mercury use and releases, and with partners in state, local and tribal governments to improve their mercury reduction programs.

Strong Mercury Protections To Be Issued In December

Recognizing the danger posed by these toxic air pollutants, the EPA has announced that strong mercury protections — which would cut over 90% of this toxic pollutant from coal-fired power plants — will be issued in December 2011. These landmark protections will dramatically clean up our nation’s air and significantly reduce children’s exposure to life-threatening and cancerous heavy metals and air toxics, including mercury, arsenic, and chromium.

Big Coal And Big Oil Say “No”

Excellent news! But unfortunately, Big Coal and Big Oil are trying to block these life-saving efforts. That’s right: corporate polluters and industry lobbyists are working hard to prevent these regulations from becoming law.

We must not allow the lives of pregnant women and children to be endangered in this way.

Take Action Now!

Click here to tell President Obama to strongly support the EPA’s efforts to clean up mercury pollution and protect the health of mothers, children and families.

And thank you.

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3:08AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

noted and all signed. thanks.

7:19AM PST on Nov 19, 2011

Compact Fluorescent light bulbs have an average of 5 MG of mercury. They are choking the landfills already, with BILLIONS more being produced and sold each year. MORE even if the stupid EPA has their way to ban regular incandescents.

We need NO mercury preservative in vaccines, medicines, in our air, water, and ground soil. CFL bulbs are adding TONS of mercury to the soils and groundwater.

1:21PM PST on Nov 18, 2011

they shoulda never let it get this bad in the first place, i blame corporations in congressional pockets!


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6:47AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

Glad to sign. Thanks for posting.

11:51PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Aspy, I think you have to ingest it.

8:06PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Can someone explain to me why we didn't or do not suffer from mercury poisoning.....
When we were kids and even as young teenagers, we constantly played by jiggling mercury for hours. Often the clinical and temperature thermometers broke and instead of cleaning it up, we would pick it up and play with it. We did that even in our physics class. I am now well into my 'senior' age along with my mercury-playing compatriots but no ill effects from mercury ?????

7:23PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Inch by inch, row by row we're gonna make this world safe from toxins.

4:24PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

11:57AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Absolutely! And while we are on the subject, let's address the mercury used as a preservative in VACCINES while we're at it. Is that necessary? Is it good for us in small doses? Resounding NO!! Hello EPA, we need controls on mercury usage on more levels than just big oil...

11:21AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Shame on them all! They know the health threats, and yet do nothing. They send their fat cat wallets (Lobby Pigs) to Washington to buy our political whores. There is a special place in hell for these maggots. The sooner the devil gets their souls, the better.

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