Indiana to close 30 mercury monitoring stations

By Sam Schreiber - e-mail

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP) – Budget cuts in Indiana may be hampering a national environmental initiative.

The state has elected to shut down 30 monitoring stations that measure the presence of mercury in the air and water. The Indiana stations were part of a larger network of stations, and scientists in charge of the project say this move leaves a "big hole."

Indiana's environmental agency says the move was made to help "offset the state's reduced income."

Mercury can be especially harmful to developing children if they, or their mothers, consume tainted fish.

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