Mercury Reduction Plan for New York and New England Waters
A draft plan has been released for reducing mercury in the waters of New York State and New England to eliminate fish-consumption advisories caused by mercury from air deposition. Seven states—New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—collaborated with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to produce the draft plan entitled, ‘Northeast Regional Mercury Total Maximum Daily Load’ (TMDL). In New York State, the draft TMDL is not anticipated to place any additional economic or regulatory burdens on municipalities. The intent of the draft plan is to serve as a starting place for initiatives to control atmospheric deposition to levels where fish-consumption advisories are no longer necessary.