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Dear Michigan

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

 

-Rita.

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/muchronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-8/1141056905110360.xml&coll=8

 

Dangers of mercury pollution spreading

Monday, February 27, 2006

By Jeff Alexander

CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER

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

 

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Rita Jack

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