Tuesday, May 04, 2004

The Corpus Callosum Opposes Mercury

The Corpus Callosum is composed of brain tissue; mercury is bad for brain tissue. 

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EPA Delays Mercury Regulations
By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post

Environmentalists had charged that under the proposed rule it would take too long to reduce mercury emissions generated by coal-fired plants. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can interfere with a child's development if a mother is exposed to excessive amounts during pregnancy.

Confronted with a flood of public responses to proposed new regulations to limit the amount of toxic mercury emitted by power plants, the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday extended the comment period by two months and said it would push back final action on the rule to March 2005. [...]

A long time ago, (a couple of months) I was curious about the Clear Skies proposal, and did some digging on the 'net.  I found a PowerPoint presentation prepared by the Dept. of Energy, that reviewed the probable costs and environmental impact of variations on the proposed new clean air regulations.  According to their analysis, it was unlikely that the energy industry would meet the new regulations.  Despite this, Mr. Bush continued to publicize the claim that the new regulations would reduce mercury emissions by a certain amount.  He continued to say this, even though his own administration's analysis indicated that it was unlikely to be true. 

Unfortunately, I am not able to locate the information now.   The Administration is not very good at cleaning up the environment, but they do have some skill when it comes to sanitizing their websites.

The problem with mercury as a pollutant is that it is one of those things that, once it is out there, it is out there forever.  It is impossible to clean it up, if it is disseminated via smokestack emissions.  I did, however, find an extensive collection of links  for information about the subject.

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