Updates Sept-Oct 06

Every year over 630,000 newborn babies in America are exposed to high levels of mercury. In New York the state Department of Health continues to expand the list of water bodies with fish that are unsafe to eat due to mercury contamination.

This can and must be stopped. Studies show that quick and stringent mercury pollution limits gets mercury out of the environment.

Last week, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) finally proposed a draft regulation that would require coal-fired power plants - the largest industrial source of mercury pollution - to reduce mercury pollution 50% by 2010 and 90% by 2015. Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and other states already require at least 90% mercury pollution reductions at each of their coal power plants within the next few years.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

It is vital that New Yorkers tell the DEC what they think of New York's proposal during the public comment period, which ends Friday, October 20th. All written testimony needs to reference "the proposed addition of Part 246 to Title 6 NYCRR."

To learn more about the proposed power plant mercury rule and how to comment go to www.nypirg.org/energy/mercury.html .

You can send email comments directly to DEC at: 246camr@gw.dec.state.ny.us .

Comments can also be submitted directly to DEC via written mail: David Gardner Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air Resources 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3254

Verbal testimony can be given at the following three public hearings.

October 12th, starting at 9:00 a.m. Department of Environmental Conservation Region 8 Office, Conference Room 6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd. in Avon, NY