Hiram College

On the evening of Thursday, February 10, Clay Graham ‘11 was the only citizen who provided comments during a public hearing the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency held at Kent State University-Ashtabula.

Graham testified about the public health dangers of mercury pollution on behalf of the Sierra Club and Ohio Student Environmental Coalition. He called upon the utility to use the permitting process as a chance to “turn over a new leaf” and embrace renewable energy sources.

The hearing is part of a process that will allow FirstEnergy, Gabrielle Performance Products, ESAB Welding Products, and Reserve Environmental Services to exceed U.S. EPA levels for mercury in wastewater. The EPA standard is 1.3 parts per trillion (ppt) of mercury.

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