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  • Impact of mercury exposure from chlor-alkali plants

    An EU project, EMECAP1, has investigated levels of mercury exposure to populations living near chlor-alkali plants and the impact on human health. It found that the overall health risk was low, but was higher for some workers at the plants and for those who consumed contaminated fish or had mercury dental fillings. Mercury is a natural element but human activities, such as mining and ...

  • Mercury Exposure in Womb May Be Connected to ADHD

    As attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rates rise in the United States, more research has been conducted to determine the cause. A new study on mercury exposure during pregnancy indicates that fetal exposure to the toxic substance may be linked to ADHD. Researchers found that children exposed to high levels of mercury while in the womb have a greater chance of developing attention ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Mercury Exposure and Health Effects Discussed in New Online Video

    Today, the IAQ Video Network and Cochrane & Associates announced the release of another online video to help educate the public about issues that may impact their health.  The latest educational video discusses mercury in both the indoor and outdoor environments.   Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil. It exists in several ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Study: No Link Between Mercury Exposure and Autism-like Behaviors

    The potential impact of exposure to low levels of mercury on the developing brain – specifically by women consuming fish during pregnancy – has long been the source of concern and some have argued that the chemical may be responsible for behavioral disorders such as autism. However, a new study that draws upon more than 30 years of research in the Republic of Seychelles reports that ...

  • Does mercury damage genes?

    Mercury has many uses but its toxic properties are a health concern. A recent analysis explored the effects of mercury exposure on human genes. They identify four possible processes that could lead to genetic damage and suggest that international safety limits may need reviewing. Mercury is versatile and this means it is used in areas ranging from industry to dentistry and from pharmacology to ...

  • Ban on EU mercury exports

    The European Commission last month proposed legislation to ban all European Union exports of mercury from 2011. The ban forms a key part of the EU's strategy for reducing global exposure to mercury, which is highly toxic to both humans and the environment. The export ban will significantly reduce global supply and thereby also emissions of the heavy metal into the environment. The proposed ...

  • Don’t mess with mercury

    As part of Children’s Health month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry today launched its “Don’t Mess with Mercury” video in an effort to protect children from the dangers of mercury. The EPA responds to numerous mercury spills every year that are primarily caused by children playing with mercury. The EPA’s cost for cleanup can ...

  • Momentum builds for ‘Mercury 2013’

    Mercury is moving towards the top of the agenda for regulatory bodies and interest from the public domain is growing. The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) now defines mercury as “the pollutant of greatest concern”. In response to this, the organisers of the 11thInternational Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) are finalising plans for an event that will bring ...

  • Clark Seif Clark Educates People about the Health Risks Associated with Mercury Exposure

    Not long ago, San Diego’s CBS affiliate, KFMB-TV, posted information from the EPA about how to respond to a mercury spill.  Most people don’t recognize that they come in close proximity to products and materials that may contain mercury on an almost daily basis and that it only takes a small amount to pose a health risk.   Mercury is a naturally occurring element ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Mercury and Mercury Compounds

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Registration for Mercury 2013 is now open!

    The organisers of the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (Mercury 2013) have announced that online visitor registration for the conference is now available at www.mercury2013.com Mercury 2013 taking place from 28th July – 2nd August 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland is the pre-eminent international forum for formal presentation and ...

  • Public invited to mercury toxicity event

    The organisers of the ‘Mercury 2013’ International Conference have created a free open day for members of the public on Sunday 28th July. “Anyone with concerns about the amount of seafood in their diet, or about dental fillings or exposure to mercury in past science lessons, or simply a scientific interest in mercury as a toxic pollutant, can come along and have their hair or ...

  • Global Agreement on Mercury Pollution In the Works

    The soaring price of gold may be increasing mercury pollution locally and worldwide. The poisonous heavy metal is used to extract gold from ore in many artisanal mining operations which involve millions of workers and their families. Experts also worry that the increased burning of coal, which naturally contains mercury, is causing the toxic to be released into the air and spread around the ...

  • Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

    What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a chemical element and therefore indestructible. ...

  • Mercury in fish is a global health concern

    As the world’s governments convene next week to discuss developing a legally binding treaty on mercury, citizens’ groups from around the world have released a new report calling attention to the significant global human health hazards caused bymercury in fish and fish-eating marine mammals. The international Zero Mercury Working Group (1) released the study, which maintains that the problem ...

  • Succimer found ineffective for removing Mercury

    Succimer, a drug used for treating lead poisoning, does not effectively remove mercury from the body, according to research supported by the National Institutes of Health. Some families have turned to succimer as an alternative therapy for treating autism. "Succimer is effective for treating children with lead poisoning, but it does not work very well for mercury," said Walter Rogan, M.D., head ...

  • Safeguarding human health from the effects of mercury

    Mercury is widely considered to be among the highest priority environmental pollutants of concern on the global scale. Although occupational exposure to inorganic mercury is a continuous problem, possible effects on broader sections of the population resulting from widespread dispersal of mercury in the environment has become a major concern in recent years. Mercury has been targeted by agencies ...

  • WEEE firm fined for exposing workers to mercury fumes

    A Glasgow-based Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment firm and its director have been fined £145,000 for exposing workers to toxic mercury fumes at its Huddersfield recycling plant. Employees including one who was pregnant, of Electrical Waste Recycling Group, were poisoned when ventilation systems failed at its recycling plant. The firm recycles WEEE including fluorescent light tubes ...

  • EU scientific committee looks for mercury alternatives

    April saw EU scientists actively seeking advice on possible alternatives to a pollutant that threatens the health of millions, from humans, animals to ecosystems. The EU’s Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) is currently undergoing research into the possible substitutes to mercury-containing sphygmomanometers. Under a 2007 directive (Directive 2007/51/EC) ...

  • WEEE recycling firm faces mercury charges

    An electrical recycling firm charged with exposing employees to mercury will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 20 July. Electrical Waste Recycling Group, based in Kirkheaton in Huddersfield, is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. Company director Craig Thompson is also facing charges. The firm recycles waste electrical and electronic equipment, including light tubes ...

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