Your Green Life: Folks Thank EPA For New Mercury Restrictions

By KBJR News 1

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 8:51 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
In the next couple of days, President Obama will be getting this walleye card in the mail.
Northland environmentalists are sending it to him to...

"Thank the agency for issuing strong new mercury pollution safeguards." said John Doberstein of the Sierra Club.

The agency is the Pollution Control Agency.
In December, the EPA proposed new coal burning power plant controls that will reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent.

"When power plants burn coal, they spew mercury into the air which then falls into our waterways in the form of rain or snow." said new Duluth City Councilor Dr. Linda Krug.

Joining environmentalists in their thank you to the President and the E.P.A. were Girl Scouts who drew up a mural.
Pastor David Carlson's daughter recently wrote a report about the environmental problems created by mercury pollution and its effect on children.

"She made the observation that they can't help it but we can." said Pastor David Carlson of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth.

John Doberstein of the Sierra Club is concerned about mercury pollution and children, too.
He has his own little one and another on the way.

"With this new protection thanks to the EPA, moms and dads like Jill and I have one less thing to worry about." said Doberstein.

In Duluth for Your Green Life, Adam Lorch, the Northland's News Center.

These new regulations will take years to affect the amount of mercury in our fish so fish consumption advisories will still be in effect for the time being.