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Mercury Pollution From Coal-Fired Power Plants in Illinois Increased in 2008

According to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, the amount of mercury emitted into the air by coal-fired power plants in Illinois increased by 7% in 2008, despite a 4% decline nationwide.

Specifically, “mercury emissions in Illinois rose 7 percent to 4,466 pounds in 2008 from 4,181 pounds in 2007.  Mercury emissions fell 4 percent nationally in 2008 to 88,871 pounds, down from 92,907 pounds in 2007.”  The Tribune article also stated that “the increases in Illinois are due to power companies burning more high-mercury coal without filtering pollution from it.”

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