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June 27, 2012

Letters to the editor: 06/27/2012

A reckless attack

In 2010, Michigan power plants emitted 2,253 pounds of toxic mercury into our air (http://www.environmentamerica.org/sites/environment/files/reports/AME-Biggest-Mercury-Polluters---WEB.pdf). This mercury pollution threatens our health and our environment, as it falls into our waterways and contaminates the fish which end up on our dinner plates.

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin, and exposure to it can lead to learning disabilities and developmental disorders in children. Already one in 10 American women of childbearing age is likely to have mercury levels in her blood high enough to put her baby at risk.

Thankfully, a recently finalized standard from the Obama administration will clean up mercury pollution from power plants. The new standard will cut mercury pollution from power plants by 90 percent.

But this month the U.S. Senate will vote on a bill to block the mercury pollution standard for power plants going into affect. This dangerous bill, introduced by Sen. Inhofe from Oklahoma, would put up to 11,000 American lives at risk every year.

Environment Michigan is urging Sens. Stabenow and Levin to stand up for Michiganders' health and our environment by opposing this reckless attack on a common-sense measure to protect our kids' health.

Tyler Pidgeon

Washington, D.C.

The writer is a field intern for Environment Michigan

Committed to citizens

This Aug. 7 you will have the opportunity to elect a fellow citizen who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the taxpayers of Grand Traverse County. Commissioner Jason Gillman will be running for the 104th District of the State House as a Republican. Also a local businessman, Jason is a strong believer in improving the business climate in Michigan to create more jobs. We need someone who is committed and courageous enough to improve the lot of all citizens and taxpayers of the 104th.

That person is Jason Gillman. Please vote on Aug. 7.

Jay Ferry

Traverse City

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