Mercury from US Coal Plants - CEC Complaint
Status: In Progress
Complaint to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation over mercury pollution from US coal plants
In September 2004, Ecojustice filed a petition with the NAFTA Commision for Environmental Cooperation demanding that the United States Environmental Protection Agency be investigated for an alleged failure to enforce the Clean Water Act, which has caused the degradation of US water bodies from mercury emitted by coal fired power plants.
In December 2005, the CEC Secretariat recommended that an investigation be undertaken and factual record be prepared.
In June 2008, the CEC Council (comprised of the three federal environment ministers) announced that after more than two and a half years of controversial delay, it will launch a formal investigation without significant restrictions.
Albert Koehl, Staff Lawyer, Toronto
Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Staff Scientist, Toronto
Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Development
Friends of the Earth (US and Canada)
Great Lakes United
Sierra Club (US and Canada)
Waterkeeper Alliance (US)