Mercury Report Misleading

Published August 3, 2006

Dear Editor:

An item in your paper [“Dangers of Mercury Poisoning,” July 25] left the wrong impression that mercury “pollution” is primarily the result of coal-burning power plants. In fact, it is widely known, though rarely reported, that the amount of mercury emitted from coal plants is minuscule compared to the amount occurring from natural sources like volcanoes and forest fires.


Michael Van Winkle

Michael Van Winkle ([email protected]) is a research assistant for The Heartland Institute.