Energy Management

Facilities Management Building
411 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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Environmental Impacts of Energy

Environmental Impacts of Energy

Abnormally high deposits endanger health, study says; coal-burning plants are blamed December 21, The Detroit News covered an Environmental Defense report:

"Metro Detroit is home to the nations second-most-contaminated site for mercury, a substance that can poison fish and pose serious health risks to children and pregnant women and their fetuses, according to an environmental report.

Authors of the report, based on a scientific analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data, said the 22-square-mile region in Metro Detroit receives abnormally high deposits from airborne mercury. Coal-burning power plants and other local sources are to blame for about 80 percent of the mercury pollution, according to New York-based Environmental Defense."

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Environmental Defense organization site
US EPA Mercury website
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs and Mercury Fact Sheet