Mercury in Wisconsin
Mercury is a potent neurotoxin, especially dangerous to small children and pregnant women. Less than one teaspoon of mercury is sufficient to contaminate a 20-acre lake.
EPA also found that plant emissions of arsenic and heavy metals posed potential cancer risks, while dioxins, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen fluoride posed health effects sufficient to cause potential concern.
1 in 6 women of child-bearing age have enough mercury in them to effect a pregnancy.
For EPA's website about mercury, click here.
Every lake, stream, river, and waterway in Wisconsin has been ruled unsafe for us to eat fish out of.
The good news is the EPA is working to regulate mercury and make emissions safer. Contact Elizabeth Ward at (608) 256-0565 to get involved with this and other efforts.