Mercury Pollution: too close to home

pollution 1Planet Protect Sportswear – August 26 Blog:

Recently, our Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) here in Oregon decided to side with one of the state’s biggest pollution emitters to protect jobs.  It seems (and you can read the article on-line – I’ll post the link), that they ushered in a deal to cut their mercury output, and the EPA made new rules making the emissions even stronger.  So instead of enforcing the new rules for Mercury emissions, the DEQ has decided to lobby to keep the standards they’ve set.  In affect creating a sub-category just for this one cement company.

Mercury has been found in almost all of our lakes and rivers, primarily from coal and cement plants.  We all wonder where the autism epidemic comes from? – come on!  Mercury causes neurological disorders in humans – we’ve known this for centuries.  This is why the EPA is pushing hard to fix this out of control problem. Our oceans are so polluted with mercury poison that grocery stores are putting warning signs for pregnant women.

Its time our Department of Environmental Quality lived up to its name, its not about jobs, its about responsibility to human health.

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One Response to Mercury Pollution: too close to home

  1. handymanbob says:

    It’s exactly for this reason that I have pulled back support for the Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) as a replacement for incandescent lamps. While conserving resources is a noble goal, doing so at the expense of the environment in another area is just plain stupid! If a CFL is broken, there are instructions for treating it as hazardous waste – a 12 step disposal process. When one burns out, consumers are expected to “dispose of in a proper recycling facility”. Like that will really happen! Mr. and Mrs. homeowner are simply going to do what they have always done with a burned out light bulb, throw it away. Then, off to the landfill it goes and guess what leaches into the water column – yup, mercury! Oh, I know there isn’t much mercury in one CFL, but not much multiplied by hundreds of millions is a whole lot of mercury!

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