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.


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

Dominique Browning in New York Times Slams Wheeler’s Latest Attack on Children’s Health

BY Dominique Browning ON January 14, 2019
President Trump is undoing every single health protection we have won over the years. His agenda on behalf of big polluters is ruthless, cynical and dangerous. Now he has notched it up even higher, by nominating Andrew Wheeler to run the Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler...

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

Experts Discuss How Trump’s EPA is Attacking Standards That Keep Our Families Safe from Mercury

BY Molly Rauch ON January 11, 2019
Moms Clean Air Force recently gathered leading experts to discuss the EPA’s attack on the life-saving Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The conversation brought Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) together with health, faith, and environmental justice experts, who discussed how undermining these standards is a direct...

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

Don’t Let a Coal Lobbyist Run EPA

BY Dominique Browning ON January 10, 2019
Once again, the Trump administration has betrayed our children. Today, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler was nominated to officially take over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the post vacated by corrupt former Administrator Scott Pruitt. This means that Wheeler — a former coal...

TOPICS: Activism, Air Pollution, Cars and Trucks, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Environment, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution, Science

More about Mercury Poisoning


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