Stop mercury pollution now

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    (CNN) -- This November, the Obama administration is expected to move forward with long overdue safeguards that would finally protect our families from mercury pollution. As the mother of four children, I can only say it's about time.

    The EPA was first charged with limiting toxic air pollutants such as mercury during the Bush administration -- the first Bush administration. I don't know how many children have been exposed to dangerous levels of this neurotoxin during the subsequent 20-plus years of foot-dragging, but I do know that my eldest daughter was one of them.

    When Sophie was 4 years old, we discovered that her mercury levels were elevated. We were already concerned because her learning had leveled off and in some notable ways even backslid. But it was only by chance that we realized she was being poisoned. Because we lived in an old house with lead paint, we had been following our pediatrician's advice to have our children tested regularly for lead and other heavy metals. Only because of this were we lucky enough to learn about our daughter's elevated mercury levels before it was too late.

    How does a healthy, well-nourished child get mercury poisoning in her own home? By far the most common exposure to mercury comes from eating contaminated fish. Sophie adored tuna fish sandwiches and ate one or two a week. That was a small amount but enough to cause her harm. When, on a doctor's advice, we took fish out of her diet, her mercury levels declined.

    We must stop allowing mercury pollution - CNN.com
     
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    Duh, what's gonna happen when the mercury light bulbs burn out and they are thrown away in landfills? How fullproof is the manufacturing process that uses mercury to make millions of light bulbs? You practically have to call a haz-mat team when one breaks.
     
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    I didn't realize that people were on Mercury. When did we land and what sort of polluting are we doing there?
     
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    99% if the mercury in the ocean comes from hydro-thermal vents at the bottom of the ocean. What is the EPA proposing to do about that?

    This jihad against Mercury is a scam who's real intent is to shut down the use of coal.

    Only the morons are fooled.


     
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    Mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region is much greater than previously reported, and people eating some of the fish there face potential health risks, a new report concludes.

    Despite general declines in mercury levels in the area over the past four decades, mercury concentrations still exceed human and ecological risk thresholds and are rising again for some fish and wildlife, according to the report published in Ecotoxicology. Also, new studies cited in the report suggest that mercury's adverse effects on fish and wildlife occur at much lower levels than previously believed.

    "We looked at six commonly eaten game fish and found that average mercury concentrations in these fishes exceeded the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) human health criterion in 61 percent of the study region," says the report's co-principal investigator James G. Wiener of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He said it's unclear why mercury concentrations are rising in some fish.

    The report finds that atmospheric emissions are the primary source of mercury deposition in the Great Lakes basin and it projects that further controls on those emissions will lower mercury concentrations in the food chain.

    "The good news is that efforts to control mercury pollution have been very beneficial," says David C. Evers, executive director and chief scientist at Biodiversity Research Institute, and the principal investigator of the "Great Lakes Mercury Connections" study.

    The report, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, represents the work of more than 170 scientists, researchers, and resource managers who used more than 300,000 mercury measurements to document mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region. It's a collaboration of the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, Maine, the Great Lakes Commission based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

    Study: Great Lakes' mercury pollution poses health risks
     
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    you dummy...........so stop eating the fish. More regulations fcukk everybody..............what the far left doesnt ever get. Fcukk everybody else WHILE you also fcukk the fish eaters. These people are mental cases.

    s0n..........time to not live in fantasy-land anymore. The world you dream of aint happening...........100% certainty. You can spend every minute of every day for the rest of your life posting up shit like this and the difference wont be dick. IM telling you s0n.........find something else to be OCD on before its too late...........
     
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    coal-fired, plants produce plenty of mercury among other compounds.
     
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    Yep and the underregulated fly ash disposal as well.
     
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    Mercury is in fillings of many peoples teeth, along with, fumigants to stop mold from growing on stored seeds, and


    The state of Iowa did not originally have any mercury in the soils until man added it in there. The soils are now contaminated with mercury from the seeds, animals waste and other products that leach merury into the waters and ultimately into the soils.


    http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/pubs/mercury3.pdf
     
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    And have for How many years, yet no epidemic until NOW? Give me a break. Further you RETARD what will replace those plants that produce 60 percent of our electricity?
     

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