Acid Rain

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International Ire

Canada's Complaints Get Summit Notice

For years the Canadian government has accused the United States of dumping its air pollution garbage, particularly acid rain, in Canada's front yard. Canadian officials say half of the sulfur dioxide, the primary ingredient in acid rain, that falls on Canada's eastern provinces drifts across the border from the United States. The cumulative effect has been devastating. By Canada's count, 13 salmon-bearing rivers in Nova Scotia and at least 1,600 of Ontario's lakes are “acid dead,” incapable of supporting fish life, and almost one million lakes in Ontario and Quebec provinces are listed as vulnerable to acid rain damage.

Similar complaints have come from various places in the Eastern United States, especially New England and upper New York state. But ...

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