Mercury Pollution Caused by Power Plants

The Public Interest Research Group and the Florida Medical Association teamed up for a study on mercury emissions.

They found that power plants account for 91 percent of mercury air pollution in the Sunshine State.

Holly Binns with PIRG says, “We found Florida has the 11th highest level of mercury pollution of any state in the country, almost 3,000 pounds of which, if you think about it, it only takes about a gram of mercury to pollute a lake to the point where you fish aren’t safe to eat, so that’s a huge amount of mercury.”

Last week the Florida Medical Association passed a resolution urging state and local leaders to require coal fired power plants to install pollution control technology.

Mercury is a neurotoxin, which can affect the brain.