Mercury

August 9, 2014--Ocean and fish mercury levels have soared as a result of human activity, study finds (New Statesman)

Although many oceanic scientists have predicted an increase in global oceanic mercury for many years now, uncertainty lingered because they lacked the necessary historical data needed to prove their hypotheses.


April 23, 2014--Mercury in fishes from 21 national parks in the Western United States (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new report on mercury in fish. Here is the abstract: Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant and human activities have increased atmospheric Hg concentrations 3- to 5-fold during the past 150 years.


June 29, 2013--Rogue gold mill near Mancos shut down by Colorado authorities (Denver Post)

State authorities have taken emergency actions to shut down, secure and test an illegal gold mill that is believed to be contaminated with mercury and has been operating in a


April 24, 2013--Court orders EPA to impose power plant water pollution rule (Environmental News Service)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must meet a court-ordered deadline to issue regulations that clean up power plant water pollution, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today. The decision turns back an attempt by the utility industry to avoid the financial and operational burdens of the regulations.


March 26, 2013--EPA finds 55 percent of rivers and streams in US in poor condition; situation worse in East (Washington Post)

More than half of the country’s rivers and streams are in poor biological health, unable to support healthy populations of aquatic insects and other creatures, according to a new nationwide survey released Tuesday. The Environmental Protection Agency sampled nearly 2,000 locations in 2008 and 2009 — from rivers as large as the Mississippi River to streams small enough for wading.


March 23, 2012--Report: South Platte most polluted in Colorado (Denver Post)

An environmental group says the South Platte River is the most polluted waterway in Colorado. Environment Colorado released a report Thursday based on Environmental Protection Agency statistics from 2010. The group says that industrial facilities released more than 700,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into Colorado rivers that year, with a third ending up in the South Platte.

February 10, 2012--Agencies plan study of mercury levels in fish (Durango Herald)

Concerns about mercury contamination in fish have prompted various agencies to take action toward better understanding the problem. The Southwestern Water Conservation District and the U.S. Geological Survey have scheduled a meeting next month to lay the foundation for a study.


December 23, 2011--Historic mercury regs from EPA a boon for health, the environment and jobs (Environmental News Network)

A few small drops of mercury can contaminate a 20-acre lake and the fish that happen to reside there, thanks to coal-fired plant emissions. That’s a major reason why the EPA’s decision to regulate the emissions of mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants from coal- and oil-fired plants is a major victory for the health and environmental welfare of the nation.


December 21, 2011--Study links urban areas with mercury in lakes (Pueblo Chieftain)

A new study more closely links industrial areas to deposits of mercury in lakes. The study found atmospheric deposition of mercury is about four times higher in lakes near several major U.S. cities compared to lakes in remote areas, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Tuesday. The study included lakes in the Denver area.


June 14, 2011--Senators ask help for mine cleanups (Grand Junction Sentinel)

U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to clarify the EPA’s ability to help unaffiliated groups that want to clean up abandoned hardrock mines.

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