MPCA lauds utilities for cutting mercury emissions

  • Article by: KYLE POTTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 18, 2013 - 7:11 PM
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getcrazyFeb. 18, 13 1:13 PM

People that don't believe in regulation can thank those loony tree huggers for keeping their children safe from special interest groups and wealthy investors that don't care about pollution. Thank them for Lake Superior and the tributaries. Thank them for the now cleaner Mississippi. Thank them for getting rid of lead paint and leaded gasoline. Thank them for clean air. Your deregulation ideals don't promote those things. They do not promote health people because they do not promote a healthy environment. If I can't throw my trash in your front yard then coal plants cant dump mercury in my front yard.

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johnmplsFeb. 18, 13 1:34 PM

How much of the benefit was from retrofitting the one plant and how much from switching to natural gas?

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nathanhaleFeb. 18, 13 1:59 PM

It seems that the Mercury Emissions Reduction Act of 2006 that was passed by a Republican House and signed by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty is working well. Kudos to Pawlenty for signing the bill and to Speaker Sviggum for getting it passed through the house.

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Wally_99Feb. 18, 13 2:35 PM

Whooops! But what about the mercury emissions that emanate from the thousands of broken curly-que light bulbs that are being rammed down our throats by the politically correct crowd?

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getcrazyFeb. 18, 13 3:49 PM

@nathanhale--"It seems that the Mercury Emissions Reduction Act of 2006 that was passed by a Republican House and signed by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty is working well. Kudos to Pawlenty for signing the bill and to Speaker Sviggum for getting it passed through the house."----Of course they passed it. The power plants wrote the legislation. The republicans didn't write it. If they want to keep getting their campaign donations so they can keep their seats they have to pass the legislation handed to them by their donors.

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trlandsFeb. 18, 13 3:50 PM

"Much of the decline came from adding new technological controls on the plants’ smokestacks and from converting two coal-fired plants to natural gas." So, perhaps we should be a bit more supportive of the unconventional gas production going on these days; bringing not only cheaper natural gas but less air pollution as well. It could be a great bridge to the future of renewable sources of energy.

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freedomallFeb. 18, 13 4:59 PM

I long for the day when the USA can leap forward into providing sustainable renewable energy! Enough of this dirty Energy that continues to harm our Environment!

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trlandsFeb. 18, 13 6:17 PM

That day will come, but it won't be tomorrow or the next day. The world-wide energy system is very complex and comprehensive. The role of natural gas and oil, as opposed to coal, can play a significant position in getting there. We are all globally connected in this, as we are in all things now. Perhaps we need to support the lesser of evils now to get to the optimum later. Just a thought.

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esandeenFeb. 18, 1310:15 PM

Wally_99, if someone chucks their CFLs in the trash, then that mercury pollution is on them. I recycle mine, and the mercury is captured. But - at least until our coal-fired electricity generation gets significantly cleaned up, using a CFL avoids more mercury out the coal plant smokestack than it contains in the product itself, so it's still a net win on environmental mercury.

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mackstrongoFeb. 19, 13 4:41 AM

So what I heard is thanks for spending hundreds of millions of dollars Minnesota for zero impact on your lakes and rivers.

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