Earning one of Steve's coveted Blue Stars for environ...okay, I don't really have any blue stars, but, if I did, the Charlotte Observer would definitely get one:
This failure to adequately assess the environmental impact of a plant that could put significant amounts of mercury emissions into the air each year is baffling. With a considerable population in the region, allowing even a fraction of the mercury allowed in the draft permit into the air, onto the land and into the water, however unlikely that may be, is scary.
The public depends on DENR to carefully assess the potential damage air and water pollution can have on public health and insist on high standards before it issues permits. If the state cannot demonstrate in a persuasive way that it has considered all the potential adverse effects and can assure the public there will be no harm to humans, it ought not proceed any further on a final permit.