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Study: NC power plants among worst mercury polluters

Posted February 3, 2011

— North Carolina ranks eighth nationally in the amount of mercury emitted by power plants in the state, according to a report released Thursday by Environment North Carolina.

The report, "Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury," states that coal-fired power plants in North Carolina emitted 4,702 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose a standard next month to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.

“Powering our homes should not poison North Carolina’s kids,” Locky Stewart of Environment North Carolina said in a statement. “Mercury pollution from power plants puts our kids and our environment at risk, and we need the Environmental Protection Agency to force these facilities to clean up.”

The EPA estimates that one in six women of child-bearing age has enough mercury in her bloodstream to put her unborn child at risk for including learning disabilities and developmental disorders. The Neuse and Tar rivers are among the waterways in North Carolina contaminated by mercury pollution, affecting fish that live in the waterways, officials said.


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  • truth9806 Feb 4, 2011

    Reported by "Environmentalist are Us"
    I'll take that report with a big grain of salt!

  • blackdog Feb 4, 2011

    ""So...protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, is a joke to some."

    No the concept is not a joke. Believing the Government does these things, is a joke."

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  • wayneboyd Feb 4, 2011

    I think it a conflict of interest for an agency that is opposed to fossil fuel power to be alowed to perform any test that result in emission performancees.

  • Justin T. Feb 4, 2011

    Sounds to me like we need to ramp up production of old-school, mercury thermometers and put this by-product to use.

  • whatelseisnew Feb 4, 2011

    "So...protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, is a joke to some."

    No the concept is not a joke. Believing the Government does these things, is a joke.

  • dixieboy Feb 4, 2011

    The name of the study suggests bias. -not newsworthy

  • godnessgracious Feb 4, 2011

    There is a mixture of true in false information about mercury in CFL light bulbs. One broken bulb does not equal a hazmat spill. You should take care not to break them for sure, but one accident won't poison a household.


  • cynic Feb 4, 2011

    here's the answer-

    yeah, right.
    Those who advocate we should be more like Europe would NEVER think to do what Europe does, nuclear power. The environmentalists have everyone scared or cowed into to doing nothing. We can have clean air and water and less gov't, and APPROPRIATE controls on business. Just not the way it is now, with politicians having re-election as their first concern.

  • Pseudonym Feb 4, 2011

    There will soon be more mercury in our homes than in all power plants in NC. As soon as incandescent (sp?) lightbulbs are banned and we are required by law to buy compact flourescents, our homes will be hazmat spills waiting to happen.

  • Heather Feb 4, 2011

    I'm definitely not a fan of big government but if regulations were not in place we would all suffer the consequences. Most companies are worried about their bottom dollar above all else and if they can stay way into the black by cutting corners that's exactly what they'll do. I want to know that my child can play in a creek as I did without fear of runoff and I really love our clear NC air. If you want to turn a blind eye then i feel sorry for you.