Green Buckeye RN Ohio River Commission Considering Allowing More Mercury in Water
July 21, 2010, 10:21 am
Filed under: News, Spotlight on... Mercury

By James Bruggers • • July 20, 2010

A proposal by the eight-state Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission could allow more mercury or similar pollutants in industrial effluent if a company asks for a variance and both the commission and water regulators in its state agree.

Peter Tennant, deputy director of the commission, also said no variances would be issued without also seeking public input.

Utilities have been taking more and more mercury out of their air emissions. The process of “scrubbing” the flue gasses passes the mercury to an effluent that gets into the river.

Tennant said some in the utility industry have said that complying with current water quality standards is not always possible.

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