Mercury Matters: Linking Mercury Science with Public Policy in the Northeastern United States


Scientific study links mercury pollution hotspots to U.S. coal-fired power plants and other sources. Read Mercury Matters report here, and links below to related information.

Two studies released in the January 2006 issue of the scientific journal BioScience identify five known and nine suspected biological mercury hotspots in northeastern North America – and suggest that U.S. coal-fired power plants are to blame in some instances. The authors of the studies also conclude that the trading of mercury pollution as allowed in the recent EPA Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) could perpetuate these biological mercury hotspots. The studies are the result of a three-year effort by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF). A companion report for general audiences and educators, “Mercury Matters” is also available:


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