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Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006

The Trib failed its readers by not fully covering the Oceana press conference at Pittsburgh-based PPG's headquarters Sept. 20.

Oceana, an international nonprofit dedicated to restoring and protecting the world's oceans, called on PPG to switch to mercury-free technology at its Natrium, W.Va., chlorine plant.

This plant is the No. 1 mercury emitter in West Virginia and continues to use outdated technology that releases mercury into the environment. PPG releases this mercury when 78 percent of West Virginia's fish have mercury consumption advisories; Pennsylvania is No. 2 on the list of states with the most mercury contamination.

PPG is going mercury-free at its plant in Louisiana, and it must go mercury-free in West Virginia as well. I urge PPG to get rid of the mercury and protect the health of Pennsylvanians and West Virginians.

Sam Landenwitsch Washington, Pa.

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