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E-M:/ Mercury and the Senate



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Enviro-Mich message from "MICHAEL W. MURRAY" <MURRAY@nwf.org>
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   Although you may not have heard a lot about it in the election
campaigns, mercury contamination is still a major issue throughout
much of the country. There are currently 15 states (including
Michigan) with statewide fish consumption advisories due to mercury
contamination for either inland or coastal waters.
    As was posted a little while back, National Wildlife Federation
was among those (others being representatives from EPRI, the
University of Rochester, EPA, Mass. Dept. of Env. Protection, and
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) testifying on Oct. 1
before a subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works
Committee on mercury contamination, and the need to support Sen.
Leahy's Omnibus Mercury Emissions Reduction Act. The bill will
likely be considered again,  in some form, in the next session. 

The full NWF testimony is online, without footnotes, at:
http://www.nwf.org/greatlakes/pp/s1915.html#Testimony

If you would like a version (electronic or paper copy) including
references, please contact:

Kathleen Eales
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
506 E. Liberty St., 2nd Floor
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
734-769-3351
734-769-1449 (fax)
eales@nwf.org

Mike Murray
NWF

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