As the nation celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, enviromental issues are finally getting some public play in the campaign. (Check in on the Kerry and Bush environmental platforms.
On August 25, 2004 the Environmental Protection Agency released new data showing that pollution in one out of every three lakes and nearly one out of every four rivers in the U.S. is so severe that people should avoid eating fish caught there. The figures also showed that now 48 out of 50 states issued fish advisories in 2003, up from 44 in 1993.
The EPA says that the increased numbers result from greater monitoring, not more pollution. However, as reported on NOW, the President's mercury emissions standard policy remains an issue in the 2004 election. Democratic candidate John Kerry has criticized the pace of the White House plan which calls for a reduction in power plant emissions of 29 percent by 2010 and 69 percent by 2018.
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