Mercury Taints Rivers, Lakes in US
Medical Authors and Editors Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. and Frederick Hecht, M.D.
August 25, 2004 -- The EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) has released its annual summary of information on fish advisories and safe-eating guidelines. This information is provided to EPA annually by states, territories and tribes.
The EPA Perspective
"Human-caused mercury emissions in this country have dropped 50 percent since 1990, and the Bush Administration is in the process of regulating mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants for the first time in our nation's history. The final rule, which will be promulgated by March 15, 2005, will be one component of the Agency's overall effort to reduce mercury emissions domestically and internationally."
These statements are contained in an EPA news release yesterday.
The Story from Another Perspective
"Michael O. Leavitt, the EPA administrator,'" continued The New York Times, "drew his conclusion from the agency's latest annual survey of fish advisories, which showed that 48 states -- all but Wyoming and Alaska -- issued warnings about mercury last year. That compared with 44 states in 1993, when the surveys were first conducted."