Mercury Emissions Articles

  • De Beers Victor Mine’s Failure to Report Mercury Risks Causes Serious Environmental Concerns

    Mercury contamination from the De Beers diamond mine in northern Ontario may be much higher than the company — or the provincial government — are reporting, according to a new study by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s Wildlands League. An investigation into one of world’s highest quality producing diamond mines has found failures in self-monitoring, raising ...


    By SafetySmart

  • European Union emission inventory report 1990–2013 under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP)

    This document is the annual European Union (EU) emission inventory report to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (CLRTAP) (UNECE, 1979). The report and its accompanying data constitute the official submission by the European Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU as a Party to the Executive Secretary of UNECE. The report is ...

  • Understanding aqueous trace metal characteristics from industrial sources in China

    Trace metals are a group of toxic pollutants that can cause serious damage to ecosystems and humans. To determine the distribution characteristics of aqueous trace metal contamination and identify critical pollution sources, it is necessary to develop a detailed estimation of trace metal emissions. By considering emission-related factors in each industrial sector, we estimate that the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Increase in mercury in Pacific yellowfin tuna

    Mercury is a toxic trace metal that can accumulate to levels that threaten human and environmental health. Models and empirical data suggest that humans are responsible for a great deal of the mercury actively cycling in the environment at present. Thus, one might predict that the concentration of mercury in fish should have increased dramatically since the Industrial Revolution. Evidence in ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Electric sector reliability report case study

    In August 2010, MJB&A and the Analysis Group completed a report reviewing the impact on power plant operations of proposed EPA rules to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.  The report, “Ensuring a Clean, Modern Electric Generating Fleet while Maintaining Electric System Reliability,” involved a detailed analysis of ...

  • Environmental mercury in China: A review

    As a global pollutant, mercury can be transported over long distances and bioaccumulate. China is currently the greatest contributor to atmospheric Hg emissions and has the greatest intentional use of Hg. Mercuryin the Chinese environment is generally elevated, particularly in air and water bodies. Remote areas in China also show elevated Hg levels in air and water bodies compared with other ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Inorganic mercury accumulation in rice (Oryza sativa L.)

    To investigate the source and process of inorganic mercury (IHg) accumulation in rice, we monitored the concentrations of IHg in tissues of rice plants (Oryza sativa L.) from four experimental plantation plots. Biweekly during the rice‐growing season, tissues of rice plants, corresponding soil, precipitation, and irrigation water samples were collected. The sampling data support the following: ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • A look back at U.S. climate policy in 2011

    As the year winds down, it’s a good time to take stock of climate policy in the United States. Here’s a quick round up of what happened – or didn’t happen – in 2011. The year began with big questions about what the Obama Administration and states would do to address climate change and clean energy, absent a comprehensive federal climate policy. This year’s ...

  • Fact sheet: EPA mercury rules and power reliability

    New rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions will affect dozens of antiquated power plants currently operating without pollution controls. These rules have stirred debate in some circles as to whether retrofitting or retiring outdated plants will cause shortfalls in electricity capacity. How will EPA mercury rules influence the ...

  • EPA mercury rules: Keeping the lights on while removing toxics from our air

    Next week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to finalize new rules to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions that will affect dozens of antiquated power plants currently operating without pollution controls. These rules have stirred debate in some circles as to whether retrofitting or retiring outdated plants will cause shortfalls in electricity capacity. How will new EPA ...

  • Mercury Control Demonstrations

    C1.1 | Halogens and Sulfur in Coals and their Influence on Co-benefit Mercury Capture Bernhard Vosteen | President, Vosteen Consulting Gmbh Not only the range of the coal mercury content itself, but also the range of the native halogen and sulfur contents in coal are of great influence on co-benefit mercury capture, wet and dry. The ...

  • EPA Proposed “Franken-MACT” for Utilities

    EPA published the highly anticipated proposed Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT) Standard for the utility sector (40 CFR 63 Subpart UUUUU). When considered together with the growing list of proposed and final rules impacting the utility sector (Transport Rule/Cross-State Rule, Coal Combustion Byproducts Rule, Cooling Water Intake Rule, Regional Haze Rule, revised National Ambient Air ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Mercury Specie and Multi-Pollutant Control Project

    This fact sheet published by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Labratory, discusses NeuCo's second round Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) project. The project officially concluded with the publishing of NeuCo’s final technical report by the DOE in 2010. Titled “Mercury Specie and Multi-Pollutant Control”, this four-year, $15.5 million cost-sharing ...


    By NeuCo, Inc.

  • Investigation of associations between chemical element contents in native lichens and childhood leukaemia

    After a study in which the harmful atmospheric chemical elements (As, Hg, Ni, Pb) were investigated as leukaemia inducers, we have extended this work to 22 chemical elements using data from a lichen survey held in 1993 in Continental Portugal and childhood leukaemia death counts in 275 counties for the period 1991?1998. Kriging models were used to estimate lichen biomonitoring measurements at the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Proposed boiler MACT sets aggressive emission limits

    On June 4, 2010, U.S. EPA proposed National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers and process heaters at both major and area sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emissions.  EPA proposed separate rules for units at major sources of HAP emissions (greater than 10 tons per year [tpy] of any single HAP and/or greater ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Benchmarking air emissions of the 100 largest electric power producers in the US

    This report examines and compares the air pollutant emissions of the 100 largest power producers in the US based on 2006 plant ownership and emissions data. Table ES.1 lists the 100 largest power producers featured in this report ranked by their total electricity generation from fossil fuel, nuclear, and renewable energy facilities. These producers include public and private entities ...


    By Ceres

  • Gene Expression Changes Related to Endocrine Function and Decline in Reproduction in Fathead Minnow ( Pimephales promelas) after Dietary Methylmercury Exposure

    Mercury is prevalent in the environment as a result of both natural processes and emissions from anthropogenic sources (Keating et al. 1997; Wiener et al. 2003). However, atmospheric deposition from anthropogenic emissions such as coal power plants is frequently the major source of Hg in aquatic systems (Landis and Keeler 2002). After deposition, inorganic Hg is methylated by microbes, then ...


    By EcoArray, Inc

  • Legal Lookout: EPA Expands Mercury Reduction Program

    Untitled Document Mercury is a naturally occurring metal found in the Earth’s crust. At high doses, mercury is known to cause adverse human health effects. Over the past several ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Legal Lookout: Mercury Rising

    Mercury is a potent toxin that accumulates in the food chain. Emissions come from both natural and human-generated sources. The mercury content in coal, which is released when the fossil fuel is burned, contributes the single largest percentage source of humangenerated mercury emissions in the United States. According to EPA, total global emissions from all sources, both human-generated and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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