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MPCA Praises Utilities For Mercury Emission Reduction


ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) - Officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are praising the state's electric utilities for dramatically reducing the mercury emissions they produce.  When state ordered efforts to reduce mercury were put in place in the mid 1990's, coal fired power plant emissions were at about 1,850 pounds per year.  Today, they are down to 870 pounds and headed for less than 200 pounds by 2016.  90 percent of the atmospheric mercury that pollutes Minnesota lakes and streams now comes from outside the state.