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E-M:/ Mercury cut on Eastern seaboard

Enviro-Mich message from ecaa@igc.org (ecology center)

This could have implications for our state

A Boston Globe article in today's paper reports that New England governors
and eastern Canadian premiers agreed yesterday to cut in half emissions of
mercury from power plants, incinerators, and other sources by 2003, in a
move aimed at reducing levels of the toxic metal found in freshwater fish
across the region.

The resolution, aimed in part at pressuring the US and Canadian governments
to take stronger action, is said to be likely to lead to tougher regulation
of the burning of coal, trash, and medical waste as well as a regional
effort to get  mercury out of consumer products from batteries to
children's sneakers.

The prospect of increasing regulations is already causing closures of waste
incinerators and other facilities in the region.

 This story ran on page A01 of the Boston Globe on 06/09/98.

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