Mercury contaminated fish tissue is just one of the human and environmental health concerns surrounding the removal of dilution zone bans. Mercury is a neurotoxin and can cause brain damage in children and kidney failure in adults.
People from throughout the Ohio River Basin went to Erlanger, Kentucky, April 14, to speak with one voice on the health of the river: No more mercury! They spoke at a public hearing of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) on a proposal to lift a ban on the use of mercury dilution zones—where mercury is dumped into the river over the safe legal limit.
WV Rivers has teamed up with Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) to oppose lifting the ban. KWA rallied the public, and dozens of people came out. Their message was clear: ORSANCO is putting corporate profits above scientific evidence that mercury is dangerous to human and environmental health.
The public wants to see increased enforcement of already-lax environmental protections.
In coming weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to add your voice to those that have already spoken out against removing the mercury dilution zone bans. Stay tuned to wvrivers.org and our social media to learn how you can say NO MORE to mercury!