West Trenton, NJ – Today, groups representing residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware gathered to deliver a record-breaking number of public comments to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), urging them not to move ahead with gas drilling in the River Basin until such drilling is proven safe. The groups expressed strong concern that DRBC proposed rules without first conducting a cumulative impact study.
In 2009, power plants in New York emitted more than 700 pounds of mercury pollution, according to the new Environment New York report, "Dirty Energy’s Assault on our Health: Mercury." New York is only one piece of the report’s picture, which shows that nationally power plants emitted more than 130,000 pounds of mercury pollution in 2009. The report comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose a standard to limit mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants.
Recently, Secretary of Interior Salazar and Assistant Secretary Hayes released new regulations designed to make offshore drilling safer in very specific ways and to focus management on improving its safety and environmental record.