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EPA Proposes to Cut Mercury Emissions from Sewage Sludge Incinerators

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cut emissions of mercury, particle pollution and other harmful pollutants from sewage sludge incinerators, the sixth-largest source of mercury air emissions in the United States. Mercury can… more »

Mercury advisories and household health trade-offs

Abstract: The conventional economic wisdom is that improving consumer information will enhance welfare. Yet, some scientists speculate that the Food and Drug Administration's prominent mercury in fish advisory may have harmed public health. Lower mercury… more »

Economic benefits from decreased mercury emissions: Projections for 2020

Abstract: Anthropogenic processes have increased the exposure of humans and wildlife to toxic methyl mercury (MeHg). Mercury emissions will increase by about 25% between 2005 and 2020, if the present trajectory is maintained. A global assessment of socie… more »

Mercury Control Technologies at Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Achieved Substantial Emissions Reductions

The 491 U.S. coal-fired power plants are the largest unregulated industrial source of mercury emissions nationwide, annually emitting about 48 tons of mercury—a toxic element that poses health threats, including neurological disorders in children. In 200… more »