Tuesday, October 21, 2008

FirstEnergy: mercury in retrograde?

As you may or may not know, know, FirstEnergy's Lake Shore Plant in Cleveland has
petitioned the Ohio EPA for a mercury variance that would completely eliminate any limit on their mercury discharge into Lake Erie. According to World Can't Wait-Cleveland, they currently exceed the legal limit of 1.3 parts per trillion at a rate of 2.9 ppt. They are also requesting that their copper discharge limit be upped, from 38 parts per billion to 77 ppb. FirstEnergy has consistently shown itself to be a bad neighbor in Cleveland as they have been found to be non-compliant with various environmental standards for the past 12 consecutive quarters and have been issued a formal violation twice in the past 5 years. The neighborhood surrounding the plant is in serious jeopardy; residents within a three-mile radius of FELS find themselves above the 90th percentile nationwide in terms of risk for cancer (95.1 percentile); neurological hazards (95.3 percentile); and respiratory hazards (91.5 percentile).

It is my hope that you will forward the following link to anyone you know interested in this issue.

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