Maine Prepares to Join Mercury Pollution Lawsuit

Maine will join at least eight other states in a lawsuit calling for more aggressive restrictions on coal-fired power plants -- considered the nation's largest source of mercury pollution and the primary reason Maine's lakes and freshwater fish are contaminated.

Published: 29-Mar-2005

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Maine's attorney general plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over new federal mercury pollution rules, an attorney for the state said Monday.

Maine will join at least eight other states in a lawsuit calling for more aggressive restrictions on coal-fired power plants - considered the nation's largest source of mercury pollution and the primary reason Maine's lakes and freshwater fish are contaminated. The lawsuit will be filed in the next week or two, said Assistant Attorney General Jerry Reid.

Although a lawsuit pitting the state against the Bush administration is unfortunate, he said, "it's also necessary under these circumstances."

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