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Medical and Public Health Groups Sue EPA to Prevent Future Mercury Exposure, USA

 

16 Jun 2005


Four leading medical, nursing and public health groups, representing more than 300,000 public health professionals, today filed a challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) power plant mercury rule. The plaintiffs include Physicians for Social Responsibility, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Nurses Association and the American Public Health Association, all based in Washington.

The medical and health groups are filing a motion for intervention into the mercury litigation initiated by environmental organizations and 13 state attorneys general. The groups are filing this historic new lawsuit in response to the mercury rule's serious threat to public health. Physicians, nurses, and public health professionals will ask the federal courts to overturn the weak mercury rule to protect patient and community health and to reduce the risk of toxic ‘hotspots'.

Many Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of mercury from environmental sources, including power plant emissions, by eating contaminated fish. EPA scientists have estimated that over 600,000 infants are born each year overexposed to unhealthy mercury levels in utero. According to widely accepted scientific research, mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can cause developmental and learning disabilities, reduced IQ, impaired motor skills and in adults, cardiovascular disease

Contact: Dianne Saenz, Kyle Kinner or Susan Marmagas
kkinner@psr.org
202-667-4260
Physicians for Social Responsibility
http://www.envirohealthaction.org