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US Update

Published by MAC on 2006-05-16


US Update

16th May 2006

The world's biggest producer of sodium cyanide used by the mining industry has been named the worst toxic air polluter in the United States. Among the other top five culprits is US Steel.

The state of Minnesota has passed a bill which would allegedly reduce mercury pollution from its largest coal-fired power plants by 90%.

In another state-sponsored decision which cuts across the Bush administration's attempts to dilute historic environmental provisions, the US Supreme Court has ruled that hydeoelectric dams (many of which serve almininium and other industrial plants) must
conform to the Clean Water Act.

The Court is also to hear a claim that Duke Energy has violated clean air laws by modernizing eight coal-burning power plants in North and South Carolina without obtaining a permit.

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