Days before the Oscars?, Oceana announced the winners of the inaugural Masters of Making Mercury in the Environment (MOMMIE) Awards, honoring America's chlorine plants for outstanding achievement in the field of poisoning our tuna fish sandwiches.
The MOMMIE Awards spotlight an industry that's overdue for a star turn on the red carpet. Mercury-cell chlorine plants have long been ignored in the shadow of more glamorous offenders, like coal-fired power plants. But as Oceana reports have shown, the chlorine industry is an accomplished polluter in its own right: In 2004 alone, American chlorine plants released a total of 9,000 pounds of mercury into the air and water. Talk about commitment to your craft!
As you know, mercury poses its greatest risks to developing babies, so mommies and future mommies are particularly concerned about mercury pollution. Fortunately, scientists have developed cleaner, more efficient methods of chlorine production. But MOMMIE honorees have shown that none of these alternatives can match the ineffable charm of neurotoxins.
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