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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne M. Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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Subject: Sierra Club's Statement On Bush Administration's Mercury
Proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2004

CONTACT:
Wendy Balazik, 202-675-2383

SIERRA CLUB'S STATEMENT ON BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S MERCURY PROPOSAL
Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club's Executive Director

"The Bush administration has once again put the interests of corporate
polluters ahead of America's public health. A rule published in the
Federal
Register today makes official a proposal announced by the Environmental
Protection Agency last December to permit power plants to emit higher
levels of toxic mercury for the next decade and beyond.  With mercury
pollution affecting nearly one in twelve American women, it is
astonishing
that the Bush administration is proposing weak air pollution
protections.
And although the administration is required to solicit public input to
make
the mercury rule change official, the plan calls for only three public
hearings and a 60-day public comment period.  It's yet another example
of
the Bush administration elbowing Americans out of important decisions
affecting their health.

"Strong protections against mercury pollution work.  The Florida
Department
of Environmental Protection found that after dramatically reducing
mercury
emissions from incinerators in southern Florida, mercury levels in fish
decreased to the point where consumption advisories for bass were
removed.

"There is a better way.  The Bush administration should strongly enforce
the laws that we know work to protect our communities from mercury
pollution, increase the number of public hearings about mercury, and
extend
the public comment period to a full 90 days.  This way, more Americans
will
have the opportunity to register their complaints about this
ill-conceived
scheme."


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Wendy Balazik
Media Coordinator
Sierra Club
Phone:  202-675-2383
Fax:  202-547-6009






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