What's at Stake
Studies have identified an increase in autism rates in children growing up in areas that have higher mercury emissions. Wildlife and the environment in general have been shown to be adversely affected by mercury emissions that occur locally.
Mercury is a well-known byproduct of burning coal in power plants, but another source—chlorine plants—goes unmeasured, let alone regulated. An Earthjustice lawsuit seeks to force the Environmental Protection Agency to correct this dangerous situation.