BY ON May 24, 2011

 KarenThis piece was cross-posted at Milspouse Mutterings

This can only happen in America – a serious matter like air quality, given a twist!  The EPA is hosting hearings in Atlanta on Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. about Mercury and the effect on pregnant women, women of child bearing age and children. The Sierra Club is asking Atlanta area citizens to come to the meetings, and has a few incentives to help you make up your mind.  Find out your mercury level with a quick snip – See below for the link to register to get tested.  There will be a fish fry and after hearing social.  So, go hangout with like minded folks, and make sure your voice is heard.  There will even be activities for the kids, so bring them along.

* What: EPA public hearing

* When: Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

* Where: 61 Forsyth Street, SW Atlanta, GA 30303 (Directly across from the Five Points MARTA train station)

* Who: You–and hundreds of other Georgia residents

For more information & to sign up, visit http://action.sierraclub.org/AtlantaHearing

Special events include: Free Mercury Hair Testing from 12 Noon-1P.M. at the Vintage Barber Shop in the Healey Building (57 Forsyth Street Atlanta, GA 30303); a 5:30 p.m. fish fry hosted with resources provided by the Coosa River Basin Initiative (CRBI); and a rooftop social at the Glenn Hotel following the hearing.

Contact erin.glynn@sierraclub.org or (404) 607-1262 x233 and follow us on Twitter @gasierraclub

Details on the noon hair testing are here:

Mercury Hair Testing Invitation

One in six women of childbearing age in the United States has enough mercury in her body to hamper her child’s ability to walk, talk, read and write should she become pregnant. The EPA has issued a draft rule that would cut mercury pollution (along with other pollutants like arsenic and lead) from power plants. One of three hearings about the rule will be held in Atlanta on May 26th.

At 12pm on May 26th Sierra Club and Environment Georgia are hosting an event in a hair salon down the street from the EPA hearing to test the mercury contamination in Atlanta area women. During the testing speakers—from decision makers to impacted mothers will speak to the importance of limiting mercury pollution.

Testing slots are limited so please email erin.glynn@sierraclub.org if you’ll be able to attend

Details on the hair testing:

* What: Find out how much mercury you have in your body by getting your free mercury hair test in conjunction with the new EPA Mercury Rule and May 26 public hearing.
* When: Thursday, May 26th, 12-1pm
* Where: Vintage Hair Gallery, 57 Forsyth St NW Atlanta, GA 30303

After the hair testing, attend the afternoon session of the EPA Mercury Public Hearing at USEPA, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta 30303. Moms will be given special pink corsages at the public hearing. Bring your kids as there will be a place in the hearing room for a children’s activity.

Contact: erin.glynn@sierraclub.org or (404) 607-1262 x233 desk or (770) 598-6814 cell.


TOPICS: Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution