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Action Alert: Can You Take One Easy Action To Help The Ohio River?

posted May 14, 2015, 5:43 AM by Kathleen Tyner   [ updated May 14, 2015, 5:47 AM ]
We need everyone to send the message of NO MORE mercury in the Ohio River directly to the commission, ORSANCO, that regulates the river. ORSANCO is currently taking public comments until midnight tonight, May 14 - let them know that the ban on mercury mixing zones must remain in place. 

Email ORSANCO, pcs@orsanco.org, with the following message:

The Commission must enforce their mercury standard to protect aquatic life and human health. The mixing zone ban must remain in place and be enforced. Polluters must comply with the ban by the October 2015 deadline or face significant fines. 

Other ideas to include in your comments: 

  • The Ohio River supplies over 5 million people with drinking water, is a huge recreational resource, and a significant commercial fishery - it shouldn't be subjected to more mercury.
  • Mercury is a dangerous toxin that is known to cause brain damage in children and kidney failure in adults.
  • There are already unsafe levels of mercury in the Ohio River, making public health officials set limits on fish consumption.
  • These pollutants cannot be removed and will remain a burden on future generations.
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