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What link between coal plants and mercury?

January 8, 2014

To the editor: This is in response to the Dec 13 “Eaglecide” editorial. Commenter Dec. 13 9:37 a.....

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tolerance

Jan-08-14 7:51 PM

The Seychelles study was found to be flawed. You cannot believe everything you see on the internet.

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JReader

Jan-08-14 1:50 PM

So reassuring to know that mercury emissions are both a non-issue and non-problem according to you Phil. You do realize that even though that 90% of the mercury found in Minnesota's atmosphere doesn't originate in Minnesota doesn't mean that it is a non-issue. The fact is that 50% of the mercury found in our atmosphere comes from power generation and other industrial sources such as steel making where coal is burned. Most of the airborne mercury ends up in water where it is converted to methylmercury by microorganisms. This organic compound is very harmful to humans and many other living organisms higher in the food chain. And, your wonder cure selenium is inconclusive at best in reducing human ingestion of methylmercury. It works well with the elemental form of mercury but that is not what you find in fish. The Journal editorial touted coal as an alternative to those dreaded wind turbines but there is no doubt coal is a much worse than wind from an environmental standpoint.

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