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10/18/12 11:40 P

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Here in Michigan we're trying to get our power companies to move more quickly toward clean, renewable energy, and stop burning so much coal. We're pushing a state constitutional amendment to strongly encourage them to get to 25% by 2025. Of course our major power companies, while proclaiming that they're pro-environment, are spending huge sums of money on advertising against the proposal. At a non-partisan meeting this evening, where both sides were well presented, the issue of mercury pollution in our fish was mentioned briefly. The cost of building installations to make the switch is all they care about - not the cost in terms of human health, or the fact that we are unable to eat the fish that live in our Great Lakes due to the mercury contamination from burning coal!

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3/28/12 2:59 P

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we are vegan now so it's not a problem for us, but i use to eat a lot of tuna and cod

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3/27/12 7:07 A

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I read an interesting article in Sierra Magazine (Nov/Dec 2011) issue about the rising mercury levels in fish due to coal-fired plants. Rich Gelford, CEO of Imax got severely sick from it because he was eating a lot of fish because he thought of it as healthy. Luckily, I became a vegetarian when I joined SP 4 years ago, but before that I was a sushi-lover. Bluefin Tuna has one of the highest average levels, I think I may have experienced some of the symptoms of Mercury poisoning in the past. Not to mention that overfishing has nearly put that species on the extinction list.

I know the ultimate solution is to stop burning coal, or at least, scrub the mercury out before letting it into the environment, but I fear we are years away of it really being safe to eat Tuna or other major predatory fish.

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