Make your voice heard at EPA hearing on proposed mercury rule — TOMORROW
The U.S. EPA has proposed new safeguards to reduce hazardous air pollution from power plants, including mercury. The federal agency will hold one of only three public hearings to be held nationally in Atlanta tomorrow (May 26) to receive comments on a proposed mercury and air toxics rule.
“Power plants have for the most part avoided regulation of mercury pollution, but they are the single largest source of toxic air pollution,” says UCR’s general counsel Juliet Cohen, who will testify at the hearing at 10:15AM. “The proposed standards would close existing loopholes and require more power plants to comply with EPA standards to reduce mercury emissions that will result in less pollution of our waterways and fish in the Chattahoochee River Basin.”
Mercury contaminates water when rain washes toxins in the air into water bodies on the ground. These contaminants get into fish from the water, suspended sediments, or their food. The Georgia DNR's Guidelines for Eating Fish from Georgia Waters warns that the Chattahoochee River and its lakes have nine species of fish with consumption advisories due to mercury.
The hearing will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. (Click here for map.) The public will be allowed to register in person on the day of the hearing for times worked in to openings in the schedule of speakers.