Submit a Public Comment to Get Mercury Out of the Penobscot River!

Submit a Public Comment to Get Mercury Out of the Penobscot River!

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Two decades ago, the federal court found Mallinckrodt US LLC, which formerly operated a chemical plant in Orrington, liable for high amounts of mercury in the Penobscot River — but cleanup efforts have yet to begin.

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin especially toxic to children and pregnant women that can cause impaired motor skills and learning disabilities in newborns. After 20 years of litigation and study of the river, it is time to undo the damage caused by the operations of the plant. The Penobscot River's recovery will benefit Mainers, the environment, and the wildlife that rely on the river.

NRDC, Maine People's Alliance, and Mallinckrodt have proposed a fair and reasonable plan to start the long-awaited process of cleaning up the river. Now, the Court will review the plan and decide whether to approve it — and the Court needs to hear from Mainers like you before making a decision.

The Federal District Court in Maine needs to hear that Mainers support the proposed Penobscot River cleanup plan. It has been over 20 years since high levels of toxic mercury were discovered, and cleanup efforts must not be delayed any longer.
The Federal District Court in Maine needs to hear that Mainers support the proposed Penobscot River cleanup plan. It has been over 20 years since high levels of toxic mercury were discovered, and cleanup efforts must not be delayed any longer.

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YOUR MESSAGE

Your message will be sent to:

Judge Woodcock, Federal District Court in Maine
CC: Jared Thompson, Senior Attorney at NRDC; Mallinckrodt

Subject line:

Approve the Proposed Settlement to Clean Up the Penobscot River

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