Maine group cites fish-consumption warning

Posted Dec. 01, 2011, at 7:07 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine environmental group says new federal regulations on mercury emissions should lessen the danger of eating fish from the state’s waterways.

Environment Maine released a report Wednesday as the federal Environmental Protection Agency prepares to finish new limits on mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants in December.

Environment Maine’s Anika James says the EPA’s proposed mercury standards will make Maine’s waterways cleaner and fish safer to eat. But her group says industry efforts are under way to block the new mercury standard and other rules that limit air pollution.

The group’s new report, “Toxic Waterways: Mercury Pollution in Maine’s Waters,” lists special advisories for pregnant and nursing women, and children. Others should limit their consumption of certain freshwater fish from 18 waterways in Maine.

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