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Academy Harbor Consortium releases letter on mercury to President Bush

The Harbor Consortium of the New York Academy of Sciences has released the text of a letter it has sent today to President George W. Bush, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Nation's Environment Programme about pending policy changes that "remove mercury from the chemical toxics lists, extend the time frame in which a 90 percent reduction of mercury emissions will be achieved, and the latest wording in the draft joint EPA/FDA fish consumption advisory."

The Consortium, a broad-based stakeholder group organized by the Academy, has been studying the sources of pollution by mercury (and other toxins) into the New York/New Jersey harbor watershed and recommending strategies for reducing or preventing further contamination of the watershed. The Consortium's report on mercury and methyl mercury pollution in the Harbor has been published by the Academy and is available online, http://www.nyas.org/scitech/harbor.

Signed by Harbor Consortium chair, Dr. Charles W. Powers, the letter cites Academy studies that indicate that "a serious effort by the U.S. and the world community to minimize mercury emissions from coal combustion" is needed, and notes that "reductions in atmospheric releases will eventually result in lower mercury levels in fish," which warrants the creation of fish advisories that are "both protective of health for all populations and yet promote fish consumption for its important health benefits."

TEXT OF LETTER FOLLOWS:
December 18, 2003

The President of the United States
The Executive Office of the President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush:

I am writing to communicate the findings developed by the New York Academy of Sciences' Harbor Consortium pertinent to EPA's current proposals to remove mercury from the chemical toxics list
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Contact: Fred Moreno
fmoreno@nyas.org
2128380230 x230
New York Academy of Sciences
18-Dec-2003


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