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Mercury Contamination in Florida: Strategies to Reduce Mercury Pollution and Protect Public Health

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Florida Public Interest Group Education Fund

Author(s): Elizabeth Ridlington; Mark Ferrulo

Funder(s): Beldon Fund

Funder(s): Beldon Fund

Topic: Environment (Pollution and environmental degradation)

Keywords: water pollution; mercury

Type: Report

Coverage: Florida


Mercury--a heavy metal that can cause severe health damage--pollutes Florida's waterways and fish at levels that threaten the health of Florida's residents. Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of mercury in Florida, and are likely a major cause of mercury pollution in the state's waters. There are two ways the state can reduce mercury emissions--through proper enforcement of the Clean Water Act and by imposing tough air pollution standards on power plants.