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Cleveland Scene: Dishonorable Discharge: First Energy Asks To Be Excused For Exceeding Limits on Mercury Pollution in Lake
January 20, 2010, 10:49 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on... Mercury

FirstEnergy’s Lake Shore power plant, located at 6800 South Marginal Drive (just west of East 72nd Street), operates only when demand for electricity peaks, like during a heat wave. But while its output may be sporadic, the waste it discharges into Lake Erie — particularly mercury — is an ever-present danger, say environmental activists.

“The issue is water — cleaning up our water,” says Pat McKenna, a 60-year-old volunteer with the Northeast Ohio chapter of the Sierra Club. “We have one of the Great Lakes in our backyard and we can’t swim in it, nor can we eat the fish out of it. We should be embarrassed enough that we should clean it up so it can be enjoyed by everyone.”

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