Mercury Poisoning Prevention (video from AOL.com)


Video – Some fish have levels of mercury so high that it may be harmful, especially for pregnant women and young children. Find out if you may have been exposed to mercury.

AOL.com Video – Mercury Poisoning Prevention, posted with vodpod

Remember these prevention tips.

Ask yourself:  If mercury poisoning is not a problem worthy of EPA’s new standards to prevent mercury pollution, why are health officials warning us to restrict our intake of fish that soak up the mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants?

 

[No, I can't figure out why the video doesn't show here.  Look at the VodPod widget in the right column, a bit lower, and look at the video there.  Or, click on the link, and go to the site with the video.]

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4 Responses to Mercury Poisoning Prevention (video from AOL.com)

  1. Jim says:

    Hi John!

    Welcome aboard. It’s great to have another person contributing with some expertise. I have none! :P~

    Cheers and happy New Year!

    Jim

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  2. John Lowe says:

    Sure can. I’ve been lurking for years, so I suppose it’s time to jump into the comments tub and splash around a bit. The DDT scholarship in particular resonates with me – I started my career in environmental science doing research supporting enforcement of pesticide use regulations, with the state of California in the 1980s.

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  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Those standards are already under fire from Republicans, John. I’ve heard soundbites of GOP presidential candidates suggesting we cannot afford to get rid of the mercury, that the cleanup will absolutely kill U.S. industry.

    There is a more rational view, of course, and I’m grateful you showed up to present it. Can you stick around?

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  4. John Lowe says:

    Hi Ed – thanks for sharing this. It’s actually more useful for provoking the discussion about mercury in fish rather than providing usable information on the mercury risks. At the levels of mercury exposure we’re concerned about, there won’t be any symptoms – just kids with impaired cognitive development – maybe, because we don’t really know how significant are mercury-related adverse effects with widespread low-level exposure. However, this isn’t a public health problem (i.e. a generation with intellectual impairment) you want to discover the hard way. Fish advisories and mercury emission limits on coal-fired utilities are examples of precautionary public policies where there is still uncertainty in the science. Another dimension is that fish is a source of omega-3-fatty acids necessary for cognitive development in children, and scientists have studied the competing risks from avoiding eating fish. It’s a bit of a conundrum that doesn’t lend itself to simple, straightforward advice.

    I haven’t followed up on it, but I heard recently that EPA published its emissions standards for utility boilers, which means perhaps in 15-20 years we’ll see some reduction in mercury exposure; it doesn’t leave the environment that quickly. Until then – don’t avoid fish, but know what the fish advisories are.

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