10 Tweetable Facts About Mercury

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1. Over 400,000 newborns are affected by mercury pollution every year

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2. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin, particularly dangerous to children

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3. Mercury can damage the vulnerable developing brain of a fetus

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4. Coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of toxic mercury in the U.S.

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5. Every state in the country has issued a fish advisory because of unsafe mercury contamination

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6. Typically, the longer a fish lives, and the larger it is, the more mercury accumulates in its flesh

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7. Methylmercury goes directly into the organs that have the most fats, where it accumulates

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8. Coal-fired power plants emit 72% of all toxic mercury air pollution in the United States

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9. Mercury can impair the growth of the brain in ways that interfere with learning and thinking

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10. Mercury poisoning from coal plants can be prevented by installing cost-effective scrubbers

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TOPICS: Coal, Mercury Poisoning