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Washington State Mercury Chemical Action Plan

Publication number Date Published
03-03-001February 2003
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Author(s) Peele, C.
Description This plan describes elements of a campaign to virtually eliminate the use and release of human-caused mercury in Washington State. Currently, about 3,800 to 5,000 pounds of mercury are released into the state’s environment each year from human sources. Mercury pollution comes from land-filling, incinerating, or flushing down the drain a variety of consumer products; mining; coal-powered plant emissions; refineries; municipal sewage plants; and other sources. Mercury discharged to land, air, or water can eventually find its way to lakes, rivers, and the ocean, where it settles into sediments. By focusing on better waste disposal, management, and recycling, mercury pollution can be greatly reduced.
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Keywords toxin, legislature, ocean, lakes, health, river, plan, water, chemical, waste, mercury, lake, chemical action plan, bioaccumulative
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