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Tuesday, August 10 2004

Douglas Fishing Lake Has Mercury

A recent sampling of fish taken out of Douglas State Fishing Lake reveals mercury levels that are unsafe for children and pregnant women.

Turns out that Kansas is one of the top 20 mercury-emitting states in the US, even though we have one of the smaller populations. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says that it “may” develop a posting system for lakes where there are contaminated fish.

Clinton and Perry lakes still have fish with mercury levels below concern, though for how much longer is certainly an open question.

The issue has particular significance right now, as EPA Administrator Michael Leavitt will be deciding whether mercury emissions will be more strictly regulated for every coal-fired power plant. Our sister organization, the National Wildlife Federation, is taking that issue on. Find out more and give Mr. Leavitt your input by clicking here.

+ Dan @ 09:07am

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