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Scrapping of mercury-pollution rule for Ohio River under fire

Proposed elimination seen by some as threat to environment, people

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COLUMBUS — “A multistate commission that oversees the health of the Ohio River is considering relaxing rules on mercury pollution, which has long been considered a threat to the river and the people who eat its fish.

The proposed changes have prompted nearly 18,000 written responses from people who live near the river and from environmental-advocacy groups saying that changing the rules could increase mercury in the already-polluted river.

But the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission, whose members represent eight states and set pollution standards for the river, says the proposed changes would not result in added mercury in the river. The debate is over how and where industries test the amount of mercury they release.”

— Laura Arenschield, Columbus Dispatch

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