Success! Loons Protected from Toxic Mercury
First-ever limits on mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants were finalized after a decade of hard work and advocacy by over 38,000 supporters like you.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new air pollution
standards that will result in the first-ever national limits on the amount of
mercury spewing from the nation's coal-fired power plants.
Over 20 years in the making, the new pollution limits on power plants will cut mercury emissions by 91 percent, while also cutting acid gas, arsenic, lead and nickel emissions.
Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation president and CEO:
"Our children and grandchildren will inherit a safer world thanks to the leadership of President Obama and Administrator Jackson. At long last, these prudent and overdue limits on unchecked mercury and toxic air pollution will ensure our fish will be safe to eat, and our children can breathe easier."
Read more about the success in the National Wildlife Federation article on the historic mercury pollution standards becoming final.
Mercury poses a massive threat to wildlife. Mercury pollution spewing from power plants settles in lakes and rivers where microscopic organisms convert the inorganic mercury into methylmercury, a toxin that moves up the food chain in fish and then other into other animals when they eat fish.