Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New York Joins New England States to Fight Out-of-Region Mercury Emissions

New York State has joined the six New England states in petitioning the federal government to take stronger steps to reduce mercury pollution in lakes and rivers by limiting mercury emissions that originate from sources beyond the region, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis announced recently. New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont have formally requested the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use a federal Clean Water Act provision to convene a conference of all the states whose emissions contribute to mercury deposition in the petitioning states.

The purpose of the conference would be to craft an agreement on how to reach mercury reduction targets. This is the latest development in a series of efforts taken by New York and the New England states to collaboratively curb mercury emissions, a major factor in unsafe mercury levels in fish, and to prevent the chemical from impacting their natural resources and public health.

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