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Los Angeles Times: Michigan Limits Mercury Emissions From Coal-Fired Plants, Requires 90 Percent Cut By 2015
October 22, 2009, 9:04 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on... Mercury

JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer
 
October 19, 2009 | 4:21 p.m.

Michigan’s coal-fired power plants will be required to make drastic cuts in mercury emissions under regulations announced Monday.

The rules developed by the Department of Environmental Quality are designed to implement a policy Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced three years ago to slash the generators’ mercury output 90 percent by 2015. Coal-fired plants produce 60 percent of Michigan’s electricity.

“Mercury is a serious health concern, and Michigan is eager to see a major reduction in mercury air emissions,” DEQ Director Steven Chester said.

A powerful toxin, mercury can damage the human nervous system and cause learning disabilities in fetuses and young children. Coal-fired electric plants are the nation’s leading source of mercury pollution.

Mercury pumped into the atmosphere from their smokestacks can fall into waterways and convert to methylmercury, a form that moves up the food chain and accumulates in fish.

Michigan is the 19th state to regulate mercury emissions from coal-fired plants.

 Read the article at http://www.latimes.com/business/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-us-michigan-mercury,0,6318472.story

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