Mercury reduction? Minnesota's rhetoric

  • Article by: Stephen J. Jay
  • Updated: April 29, 2013 - 8:09 PM

MPCA arguments notwithstanding, miners have the advantage.

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twspt7Apr. 30, 13 8:37 AM

The MPCA appears to have taken a "head in the sand" stance and a "what, me worry?" attitude towards mercury contamination in northern Minnesota. Mercury is not occurring naturally in human blood samples; the mercury must be entering our environment artificially. As Stephen Jay points out, "There is no debate among scientists with the central premise. Mercury, in any amount, is a neurotoxin for developing children. A nontoxic level of exposure has never been documented. If there is a debate about anything, it is over why current guidelines aren’t revised with lower allowable exposure limits." So, we have a confirmed, undisputed neurotoxin in our water and the MPCA wants to go it alone, shunning other sources of data and expertise? One wonders just who employs the MPCA - the people of this state or the industries producing the mercury.

walleyesmileApr. 30, 13 4:43 PM

Governor Dayton, as chief executive of our state, YOU must put a stop to the legacy of mining pollution caused by non-enforcement of Clean Water Act standards in Minnesota, for which you are responsible. Especially in the St. Louis River, largest tributary we have to Lake Superior. This river has the distinction of having been too polluted for too long, to be included in the regular state TMDL study and mitigation process. Precisely because this watershed is so seriously impaired by toxic mercury, it needs the coordinated multi-agency process that your MPCA derailed, based on inadequate background information. Tell Mr. Stine that a monitoring plan is NOT a robust research and study that continues to generate needed data to create reliable modeling of the complex causes and solutions.

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