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E-M:/ Muskegon Chronicle: Dangers of mercury pollution spreading

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Excellent coverage in the Muskegon Chronicle of the airborne mercury problem.  Click the URL for the whole article.






Dangers of mercury pollution spreading

Monday, February 27, 2006

By Jeff Alexander


Eating mercury-contaminated fish may endanger the health of more Americans than previously believed, according to a recent study that found elevated concentrations of the toxin in women of childbearing age.

A University of North Carolina-Ashville study of hair samples found potentially harmful mercury levels in 22 percent of 2,834 women between the ages of 16 and 49 who were tested; women in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia were sampled.

The study suggested that airborne mercury emissions from coal-burning power plants and other sources remains a vexing environmental problem that poses potential health risks nationwide to people who eat fish laced with mercury.






Rita Jack

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Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter

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