Wayne State study seeks to cut mercury pollution

DETROIT (AP) — Scientists at Wayne State University are using a $557,000 grant to develop a system for reducing the amount of poisonous mercury that power plants pump into the air when they burn fossil fuels.

The Detroit school says the Great Lakes Protection Fund is paying for the 2-year project, directed by engineering professor Carol Miller.

Wayne State says Miller’s team will “refine, test and market” a technology that interacts with power grids “to precisely estimate the emissions associated with current power uses.”

The system is designed to let power companies know immediately when cleaner forms of energy are available.

The technology is called Locational Emissions Estimation Methodology and was pioneered in a project previously supported by the fund.

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Project details: http://bit.ly/17faHk8

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