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Mercury Emissions

Over 140 Nations Agree To Cut Harmful Emissions

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.21.2013 | Green

GENEVA (AP) — A new and legally binding international treaty to reduce harmful emissions of mercury was adopted Saturday by more than 140 nations, c...

Global Treaty Could Limit Emissions Of Highly-Toxic Metal

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.15.2013 | Green

GENEVA — Delegates from more than 130 nations began a final round of negotiations on Sunday that are expected to lead to the creation of the fir...

Will Rising Mercury Emissions Lead To A UN Treaty?

AP | By JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 03.12.2013 | Green

GENEVA (AP) — Mercury pollution in the top layer of the world's oceans has doubled in the past century, part of a man-made problem that will require...

A Worried Mother Does Better Research Than the FBI

Dominique Browning | Posted 06.18.2012 | Green
Dominique Browning

These are things that get to our children -- no matter where they are, whom they are with, and what they are doing. So I started doing research. And I was dumbfounded to find out what is legal.

Cutting Mercury, Protecting Children

Lisa P. Jackson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Lisa P. Jackson

We recently finalized the nation's first-ever Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plant emissions. Once MATS is fully implemented, it will prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths, 4,700 heart attacks, and 3,100 emergency room visits across the nation.

New Report Names the Top U.S. Mercury Polluters -- Is One of Them in Your Backyard?

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.08.2012 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The analysis shows total state-by-state and plant-by-plant emission levels for arsenic, chromium, mercury, cobalt, hydrochloric acid, nickel, and selenium, all of which are toxic pollutants.

The Whole Coal Story

Carl Safina | Posted 08.20.2011 | Green
Carl Safina

When you realize coal's effects on health and our environment, coal is exceptionally costly. If these costs were included in the price of coal, cleaner energy technologies would become very competitive.

The Struggle for Change: Activism vs. Cynicism

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.21.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Mercury is poisoning both our air and our water -- big time. Even if you don't live right near a coal plant, the wind drifts. There's too much at stake.

Heart of Stone

Javier Sierra | Posted 06.08.2011 | Green
Javier Sierra

The bill, or rather this legislative outrage, would keep the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from adopting guidelines to keep pesticide discharges out of our waterways. And to make matters worse, they called it "The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act."

EPA Proposes First Standard For Coal Plant Mercury Pollution

AP | Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUSTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a proposal to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants, including rules limit...

Coal Lobbyist Grinches Stole 2010, Obama Transparency Initiative Falters

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Climate and energy legislation is dead, coal ash regulations are delayed indefinitely, mountaintop removal mining continues, and the myth of "clean coal" is alive and well thanks to continuing praise by Obama and Biden.

New EPA Rule Targets Harmful Mercury Emissions, Would Cut Them By More Than 50 Percent

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- New federal rules are in the works to limit the amount of mercury and other harmful pollutants released from boilers and solid waste inc...

Mercury Pollution From Many Power Plants Rose, Despite Widely-Available Pollution Controls

McClatchy | Renee Schoof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Many of America's coal-fired power plants lack widely available pollution controls for the highly toxic metal mercury, and mercury emiss...

Illinois Mercury Pollution Up 7 Percent At Coal Power Plants | Michael Hawthorne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants is increasing in Illinois even as it declines nationwide, a troubling trend for the state because emiss...

US Reverses Policy, Signs International Mercury Pact

Huffington Post | Dave Burdick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the wake of several scary mercury stories -- reminders that the toxic metal is all around us like the revelation that it's in high fructose corn sy...