For Immediate Release: November 30, 2006
Kim Pargoff, Environment Michigan, 517-485-1003, cell: 310-429-9160
Groups Urge House to Pass Bills before End of Year
“We applaud the Senate for taking this important first step
towards removing toxic mercury from everyday products in
Each year in the
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that can affect brain development and, because of this, is particularly harmful to infants, children and pregnant women whose developing babies could be adversely affected. Once in the air and soil mercury makes its way into the rivers and lakes were it works up the food chain resulting in higher mercury concentrations in the fish we eat.
Fortunately, cost effective mercury-free alternatives to these products are readily available. The Senate’s bi-partisan bills would ban the sale of thermostats, blood pressure measuring devices, and esophageal dilators that contain mercury.
“Mercury is not only a major threat to public health, especially children’s
health and learning, it is also a threat to our wildlife and environment”
added Kim Pargoff, Advocate for Environment Michigan. “Many other states
have acted decisively to phase out products containing mercury and
These bills now must pass through the House Natural Resources,