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E-M:/ bayshore mercury hearing


If anyone has information on mercury discharged into fresh surface waters I would appreciate it because...


There is a public hearing on Thursday, December 4 at the UT Lake Erie center on a request by Bayshore First Energy to raise the mercury limits for discharge into Maumee Bay - the notice says Lake Erie but that is incorrect.  Go to westernlakeerie.org for the notice and additional information.  According to a 2003 USEPA toxic release report, Bayshore discharges five pounds of mercury into the bay a year.  The much larger nearby Detroit Edison power plant reports no mercury directly discharged into surface water and the Consumers Whiting plant - about half the size of Bayshore reports one pound of mercury discharged into surface waters in a year.

I am researching the effects of five pounds of mercury released at the shore in very shallow water - several feet deep.  The surface water mercury release is in addition to the 200 pounds released into the air reported in 2003.

It is disturbing that Bayshore reports releasing five pounds of mercury into the surface waters a year in this fragile Maumee Bay estuary.  I am attaching a aerial of the plant.  Bayshore, according to company studies takes in the whole Maumee River, the most biologically productive in the Great Lakes.

More to come on this.. this is in addition to the massive fish kills now under review at this plant - which appears to make Bayshore the largest fish killing plant in the Great Lakes.



Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper Association
Western Lake Erie has the Great Lakes Warmest, Shallowest, Fishiest Waters
6565 Bayshore Rd., Oregon, Ohio 43618