Mercury Pollution Hurting Wildlife Species

Loons, large-mouth bass, walleye and moose are a few of the species in states across the U.S. impacted by mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants.

common loonThe National Wildlife Federation released a report on how mercury pollution impacts wildlife, as the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule to limit mercury, arsenic and dioxin pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Mercury and other toxic pollution is emitted into the air from coal-fired power plants, then falls into our lakes and rivers in rain.

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The Michigan Radio reported on the impacts of mercury pollution to wildlife in the state, and interviewed Lee Sprague from the Tribal Council of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians:

"What we do know with mercury it really affects all life systems, from the very base of the food chain all the way up."

The report comes as Congress talks about weakening the Clean Air Act as part of the budget negotiations. The Clean Air Act regulates power plant emissions. Sprague continued,

"We know that unless we take serious action this problem will continue to decimate the very people, the animals all the birds, all the fish, the things that we share this earth with."

Other species named in the report include the American black duck, walleye, and moose.

See the entire Michigan Radio News story here.