North Dakota lignite “dumps six tons of mercury each year”

North Dakota's lignite industry dumps six tons of mercury into the state's air each year along with 2.5 tons of arsenic, a couple tons of lead and 2,100 tons of fluorides, according to delegates at the Lignite Energy Council in Bismarck.

Delegates were to told to expect a public relations battle next summer when federal regulators begin to list toxic substances the lignite industry, releases into the environment. The lignite industry is the state’s fourth largest, producing 30 million tons a year, most of which is burned in area power plants.
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