Saturday, December 02, 2006

Pennsyvania Mercury Rule Passes!

I received the following from the National Wildlife Federation list serve:

On the eve of Thanksgiving, Pennsylvania won a great victory for wildlife and public health. The state's Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted 3-2 in favor of the strong mercury rule developed by Gov. Ed Rendell and the Department of Environmental Protection.

The rule requires all coal-fired power plants in Pennsylvania to cut mercury emissions 90 percent by 2015.

Pennsylvanians played a key role in making this happen--more than 99 percent of the record-breaking 11,000 public comments submitted were in support of the DEP's plan.

Thanks so much for your help!
Catherine Bowes
Mercury Program Manager
National Wildlife Federation

This rule is extremey important to the area where I live, considering there are currently three of these plants, with two more in the works, between Morgantown, WV, and Masontown, PA, an area of 20 miles. Studies already show that these plants contribute heavily to Greene County, PA, having one of the highest rates of cancer in the country.

For more information, send an e-mail to alerts@nwf.org.

If you would like to show Governor Rendell that you support the Pennsylvania Mercury Rule, call 717-787-2500 and thank him. I am.


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