NEW REPORT TO REVEAL 25 WORST MERCURY POLLUTERS OF THE GREAT LAKES
NRDC Report to Highlight Great Lakes Polluting Coal-Fired Power Plants in IL, IN, MI, MN, NY, OH, PA and WI; New EPA Standards That Will Protect Great Lakes are Under Attack: Region's U.S. Senators to Cast Key Votes Soon.
CHICAGO, IL - June 4, 2012 (Investorideas.com newswire) - A new report will outline just how much Great Lakes states have at stake in a looming U.S. Senate vote on pending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards to limit toxic airborne mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. The new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report will identify the 25 worst mercury pollution offenders across eight Great Lake states: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
The report will be released during a live phone-based news event at 11:30 a.m. CDT/12:30 a.m. EDT on June 6, 2012.
The region's main source of mercury pollution -- a neurotoxin known to be particularly damaging to pregnant women, developing fetuses and children -- are the144 coal-fired power plants ringing the Great Lakes, which pumped more than 13,000 pounds of the heavy metal into the air in 2010 alone. The report highlights the need for remedial action in three of the most heavily polluted states – Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania – all of which lack state-level mercury pollution rules and outlines an array of solutions to protect our communities from these dangerous emissions.
Cindy Copeland, report author;
Peter Orris, MD, MPH, professor and chief of Service Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System; and
Thomas Cmar, attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
11:30 a.m. CDT/12:30 a.m. EDT.
CALL-IN INFORMATION: Join the live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 10:30 a.m. CDT/11:30 a.m. EDT on June 6, 2012 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the "worst Great Lakes mercury polluters" news event.
CAN'T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of the news event will be available as of 3 p.m. CDT/4 p.m. EDT at http://www.nrdc.org.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Livingston, Montana, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.
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