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E-M:/ Advisory: Thousands of Mercury Comments Delivered in Front of Capitol on Tuesday

For Immediate Release                                                                    Contact: Kate Madigan

                                                                                                      517-664-2600, cell: 323-251-2927


Tribal Leaders, Public Health Groups, Environmentalists to Gather at Capitol

Call on Granholm Administration to Stop Mercury Pollution in Michigan


WHAT:           With a giant, inflatable fish as a backdrop, public interest advocates will gather in front of the state Capitol to deliver thousands of comments to Governor Granholm to show the broad support for eliminating power plant mercury pollution in Michigan and urge the governor to take immediate action. 


WHY:              Eating mercury-contaminated fish is the primary way people are exposed to mercury, a highly toxic chemical that can cause learning disabilities, developmental delays, and problems with fine motor coordination in children.  Michigan has posted health warnings for mercury covering every lake statewide, urging people to avoid or limit consumption of fish due to high levels of mercury.  Earlier this year, EPA’s own scientists estimated that more than 600,000 of the four million babies born each year have unsafe levels of mercury in their blood.


WHO:             Kate Madigan, PIRGIM

                        Donna Stine, Michigan United Conservation Clubs

                        Lee Sprague, Ogema, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

                        Paul Shaheen, Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health

                        Zoe Lipman, National Wildlife Federation

                        David Gard, Michigan Environmental Council

                        Vicki Levengood, National Environmental Trust


WHEN:           Tuesday, August 10th at 10:30AM


WHERE:        East Lawn of the State Capitol, Lansing



SUPERB VISUALS:     A giant inflated fish





Kate Madigan

PIRGIM Advocate

303 Abbott Street, Suite 205

East Lansing, MI 48823

Tel: 517-664-2600