Did you know that Sheep Pond and Bakers pond have consumption advisories due to fish contaminated with mercury? How did mercury get into these Brewster ponds?
The answer is atmospheric mercury from power plants and other industrial sources is deposited from the air onto the land and water through precipitation and over time, builds up in fish and shellfish, continues up the food chain, until it is recognized as a human health hazard.
However, the EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) has proven to be one of the most effective air quality standards ever, causing power plant mercury emissions from 2011-2017 to drop by approximately 81%. But the EPA is now proposing a MATS rollback, which would reverse this great progress.
That's why the Brewster Ponds Coalition protests the proposed MATS protest, sending this letter to Andrew Wheeler, Acting EPA administrator, cc:ing Massachusetts Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren as well as Representative William Keating. Click here for the letter's full text.
Please voice your protest, by contacting the EPA as well as your US senators and congressmen. Thank you!