posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 03:56 PM
The Bush administration today announced plans for a 50% reduction of Mercury pollution by power plants. The plan outlines a gradual reduction spread
over 15 years and faces oppostion from senators, environmentalists and public health advocates who claim that the plans dont go far enough. President
Clinton signed bills limiting mercury pollution in the dying days of his presidency which were overturned by President Bush.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration on Tuesday ordered a nearly 50 percent cut in mercury pollution from power plants over the next 15 years,
adopting a market-based strategy that would raise electricity prices but help protect fetuses and young children from nerve damage.
"The United States is the first nation to take a leadership role in addressing the problem of mercury from power plants," said Jeffrey Holmstead,
the Environmental Protection Agency's top air pollution official. EPA estimates 48 tons a year of mercury pollution from the nation's 600
coal-burning power plants will decrease to 31.3 tons in 2010, 27.9 tons in 2015 and 24.3 tons in 2020.
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Whilst I applaude this and any attempts to improve the Worlds pollution situation, I cant help but feel it doesnt go far enough. To plan on 24.3 tons
of mercury entering the water supply and find it acceptable is ludicrous.
I wait for the day when profits and financial interest take a back seat to the health of the populace. Advising pregnant women to avoid eating fish
misses the point that the drinking water is also contaminated. The crops grown in the USA use this water and the cycle goes on and on.
A great start but more needs to be done
[edit on 15/3/05 by subz]