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Granite state favors new Mercury pollution standards

A new scrubber installed at the Merrimack Station in Bow, New Hampshire has reduced the mercury released into the air by 98 percent, reports the Concord Monitor. The state has long struggled with facility emissions that travel north from the Midwest due to predominant winds.

According to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, mercury is a buiaccumulative toxic pollutant that can cause harm to humans, plants and animals. As a result, the state released the New Hampshire Mercury Reduction Strategy in 1998, which aimed to reduce mercury emissions by 50 percent by 2003. The state exceeded this goal, but it is still looking for new solutions to further reduce the presence of this pollutant.

Homeowners concerned with the health impacts of mercury can invest in a home air purifier to drastically reduce its presence in their homes. While New Hampshire agencies have dedicated themselves to limiting emissions, other states have not taken such strict actions, and jet streams are bringing mercury pollution elsewhere.

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