Report: Mercury emissions reduced by 26% in recent years

A new report from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation says mercury and its compounds from the North American electricity generation sector fell about 26 percent between 2006 and 2009.

The data indicates that reported industrial releases and transfers of emissions across North America in 2009 totaled 5.4 million tons, a 14 percent decrease from the 6.3 million tons reported in each of the three previous years.

Trends in releases and transfers of emissions, including the decreased mercury emissions, and from various industry sectors will be analyzed in the 14th annual edition of the Taking Stock report, which is to be released later in 2012.

The report, as well as an online database, is available here.

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