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[masked] Mercury Pollution Meet at Bradley Co. Courthouse

From: Tami
Sent on: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 4:03 PM

Maria Price (Green Events Member) writes:

Happy Earth Day! I wanted to remind you about Oceana's forum on
mercury pollution in the Hiwassee River that is taking place
tomorrow. Our Marine Pollution Scientist, Kim Warner, will
discuss the results of new testing of sediments and largemouth
bass from the Hiwassee near the Olin chlor-alkali plant. The
results indicate that the Olin plant is the primary cause of
mercury contamination that has caused Tennessee Department of
Environment and Conservation to issue a fish consumption
warning for a local section of the Hiwassee.

Who: Kim Warner, Ph.D., Oceana Marine Pollution Scientist
Concerned Citizens
Members of the Media

When: Wednesday, April 23, 6 PM

Where: Bradley County Courthouse, Commission Room

RSVP: Suzanne Wisdom at [address removed] or[masked].
Please let me know if you're willing to volunteer to come a
little early and help out.

Olin's Charleston, TN chlor-alkali plant uses the outdated
mercury-cell technology to make chlorine and is the biggest
source of mercury air pollution in Tennessee. Mercury is a
harmful chemical building up in commercial and recreational
fish. In fact, the Tennessee Department of Environment and
Conservation has issued a fish consumption advisory for the
portion of the Hiwassee River where the Olin plant is located
and also listed it as an impaired waterway due to mercury
contamination.

These releases, however, are entirely unnecessary. Ninety
percent of chlorine produced in the U.S. is made without using
mercury. Only four plants remain that continue to rely on the
outdated mercury-cell technology. These plants have dumped tons
of mercury into our air, endangering the environment and public
health.

Olin's Charleston, TN plant pumps almost six times as much
mercury into our air as the average power plant. Unlike coal-
fired power plants, chlorine plants can completely eliminate
mercury pollution using proven technology that also increases
energy efficiency by up to 37%. More than one-hundred chlor-
alkali plants world-wide already have switched to mercury-free
technology and now they neither use nor release mercury.

RSVP to me at [address removed] or[masked]. Please let me
know if you're willing to volunteer to come a little early and
help out!

For the oceans,
Suzanne Wisdom
Field Organizer

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