FOCUS ON: Mercury

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and children. Mercury easily crosses the placenta, and it concentrates in a developing fetus’s blood and organs, including his or her brain, where it can disrupt the developing architecture of that precious organ.

1 in 10 American women of childbearing age have potentially dangerous levels of mercury in their bodies. This means that, hundreds of thousands of US children are exposed to dangerous levels of mercury in the womb each year.

Coal-fired power plants are the most significant source of mercury pollution, emitting almost three quarters of all mercury air emissions in the US. Although coal contains only trace amounts of naturally occurring mercury, when burned in large quantities for energy, it releases significant amounts of gaseous mercury into the air. This airborne mercury eventually falls on soils and water bodies, where it is converted to methylmercury by microorganisms.

Methylmercury, in turn, collects and concentrates in fish over years, and magnifies across the food web. This means that the mercury in your child’s tuna sandwich most likely came from the smokestack of a coal-fired power plant.

One thing to do: Don’t let EPA get away with poisoning our babies’ brains.


Moms Testify at EPA Mercury Hearing

BY Molly Rauch ON March 21, 2019
Dozens of Moms Clean Air Force members and staff from more than 15 states testified this week at the only public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to attack the legal foundation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The moms, dads, and...

TOPICS: Activism, African-American Community, Air Pollution, Cancer, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Washington DC

Mercury Protections Draw Broad Support

BY Molly Rauch ON February 6, 2019
This week, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member on the Senate Environmental Public Works (EPW) Committee, joined industry, health, faith, and environmental justice experts for a Senate briefing co-hosted by Moms Clean Air Force and Earthjustice. The topic: Why these “odd bedfellows” oppose EPA Acting...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Washington DC

Moms Welcome EPA Employees Back to Work

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 28, 2019
  This morning, D.C. area moms and kids showed up bright and early, muffins and Valentines in hand, to welcome Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees back to work at the agency’s federal headquarters in Washington, D.C. EPA employees were furloughed for a record thirty-five days due to the...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Environment, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution, Washington DC

People Across the Country Agree: #StopWheeler

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON January 15, 2019
In case you missed Dominique’s op-ed in the New York Times, here are a few highlights: “When I was pregnant with my first child, 35 years ago, one of the first things my doctor in Texas told me was to stop eating tuna, swordfish and...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Environment, EPA, Food, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution, Pregnancy, Religion, Science, Social Justice

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An Interview With Carl “The Fish”

BY Danny Shanahan ON July 18, 2013
*For reasons of privacy, name and species have been changed and/or generalized for this interview: Danny Shanahan for Moms Clean Air Force: First, Carl, I’d like to thank you for taking time out of your busy evolving schedule to answer a few questions for our...

TOPICS: Mercury Poisoning