Mercury in All Fish Tested Across U.S.

Posted by Trish Riley, September 5, 2009

kill sportWASHINGTON, D.C. – Scientists detected mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released [August 19].

Mercury, a neurotoxin, is one of the most serious contaminants threatening our nation’s waters. The main source of mercury to natural waters is mercury that is emitted [such as via coal-fired power plants] to the atmosphere and deposited onto watersheds by precipitation.

Some of the highest levels of mercury in fish were found in the tea-colored or “blackwater” streams in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana…


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