Monday, July 27, 2009

Mercury and Power Plants - NY Times article

(Blogger's note: This New York Times editorial, published last Friday, July 24, addresses the very toxic problems beyond "climate change" that coal power creates for us. Read article intro below:)

"When it comes to the environment, Washington’s attention is fixed these days on the Congressional battle over legislation to control greenhouse gas emissions. But there are other pollutants — so-called ground level pollutants, as opposed to those that rise into the atmosphere — that also need urgent attention, starting with toxic mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

"For various reasons — mainly heavy industry lobbying — these emissions have escaped federal regulation, whereas mercury emissions from other sources like incinerators and cement kilns have not..."
* Read the full New York Times editorial here.