Report: Lake Michigan has more mercury
than other Great
Posted September 20, 2005
LakesSeptember 20, 2005 - A Chicago-based energy company
says it will perform tests to determine if new technology
effectively reduces mercury emissions.
A draft report released today concludes that coal-fired
power plants operated by Midwest Generation Incorporated
and other companies contributed to mercury levels in Lake
Michigan that were higher than any other Great Lake.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study
released today by Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk shows
that coal-fired power plants are the main source of the
In response, Midwest spokesman Charley Parnell says the
company will test technology next year that could reduce
emissions at two power plants.
During a hearing at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, the Environmental
Law and Policy Center calls for legislation that would
speed up mercury reduction by power plants.
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