Report: Michigan ranks 10th in mercury emissions

A report issued by an environmental group says Michigan ranks 10th in the volume of mercury released into the air by electric power plants.
AP Wire
Nov 10, 2011

Environment Michigan said today that Michigan plants emitted 2,253 pounds of mercury in 2010. By far the nation’s biggest mercury polluter was Texas, followed by Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In Michigan, the biggest source of airborne mercury was the Detroit Edison Monroe Power Plant, which released 660 pounds. Ranking second and third were two plants in St. Clair County — Detroit Edison Belle River with 335 pounds and Detroit Edison St. Clair with 236 pounds.

Rounding out the top five were the Detroit Edison Trenton Channel plant in Wayne County and Consumer Energy's J.H. Campbell plant in Ottawa County.

The numbers came from an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency database.
 

Comments

GH55

This is the absolute #1 reason there needs to be a large effort made to find alternative energy sources that do not involve burning fossil fuels.
To patently refuse to allow development of a virtually pollution free source of energy, with little or no first hand knowledge of that energy production system, is ignorant and selfish.
Burn More Coal, Put More Mercury in the Lakes.
That's the Mistake in the Lake I'm talking about.

sobe

Yes!!! Agreed, GH55. Additionally, Ottawa County ranks among the dirtiest/worst counties in the US* when it comes to VOC's, sulphur dioxides, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides present in the air, OUR air (to view the known health risks associated with those chemicals, refer to site mentioned below). The J.H. Campbell plant is the biggest air polluter in the county by far. Hard to believe that while we enjoy some of the most picturesque views and lush nature in the country, the air we breathe in Grand Haven is some of its worst. I'll take take wind turbines on the horizon over smokestacks any day.
* ref.: www.scorecard.org's analysis based on data collected by the EPA

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