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Created On: 11/07/2016 04:29 PM
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 12/13/2016 11:13 AM
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tom

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Great article 

"In any case, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a utility-funded nonprofit, projects that mercury emissions from U.S. power plants will be about 85 percent lower in 2017 than in 2010.  Planned retirements of coal-fired power plants, combined with pollution control upgrades already installed to comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations, will drive the expected decline. Those regulations face continuing legal challenges but “you can’t ‘un-pay’ for the controls you have already put in,” says Leonard Levin, an EPRI air quality analyst."

 

That's a pretty impressive number.

 12/13/2016 11:34 AM
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Thank you to the EPA and all our "environuts". Keep fighting the good fight!



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 12/14/2016 06:41 AM
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Do you guys think mercury is the only thing to worry about. I was thinking more about all the sewage they have released in just the last year from busting pipes and stuff like that or is the mercury worse for you.

 12/14/2016 07:45 AM
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I have caught trout and flounder with tip of a pencil sized black blob in the fillets. Almost like a black "ink blot". I always dig them out to make sure not a worm or parasite but always just a little black thing....any ideas?

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 12/14/2016 12:41 PM
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tom

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The sewage question is a tough one -

Some stuff in sewage, like pathogens, have predictable decay rates that,

depending on dose to the environment and conditions in the environment, 

you can calculate when they'll die off and reach a "safe" level.

Other stuff breaks down rapidly, other stuff slowly,

and some stuff gets diluted down to safe or sorta safe levels.

Mercury is one of the ones in the diluted down catagory.

Almost undetectable in the water, it becomes a problem because it's bioaccumulated (concentrated) in predator fish and we eat them. 

The stuffs in sewage are generally pathogens and, for the most part, stuff that breaks down pretty rapidly.

If the pathogens are gone, domestic wastewater isn't a huge health problem.  

Sure, it's an environmental problem, but that's a different story.

So, sorry for the long and fairly useless answer but there's not a simple one.

And I apologize if this is overly simplified again.  Call me out as required!

 

 

Oh, and the little black blobs are bits of the Falcon 9 that blew up a couple months back, no worries....

Kidding! only Kidding!!  I have no idea what they are.  

 

 12/15/2016 09:53 PM
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I have seen these black blobs also and this is the only thing I could find on it. This site is for fresh water fish but looks a lot like what you are talking about
Black blob parisites
 12/19/2016 09:29 AM
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Originally posted by: RocketSurf

I have seen these black blobs also and this is the only thing I could find on it. This site is for fresh water fish but looks a lot like what you are talking about

Black blob parisites


Wow that looks exactly like it. Never seen as many concentrated as that photo but for sure same stuff. thanks

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 12/19/2016 06:06 PM
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