Sierra Club Tests Hundreds Nationwide for Levels of Toxic Mercury in their Bodies - Green Living Guy
Over the past two months, the Sierra Club has conducted tests in more than 30 cities across the United States to help concerned moms and others find out how much toxic mercury is in their bodies. The Sierra Club’s nationwide hair testing program aims to raise awareness of the dangers of mercury, a potent neurotoxin which coal-fired power plants emit into the air, falling into our waterways as rain or snow, then building up in fish and the people that consume fish. Mercury is excreted through hair, so a hair sample is a way to show the amount of mercury that has been in a person’s body over a few months. Toxic mercury is especially dangerous to the health of young women, children and developing fetuses, and even small amounts of mercury exposure has been linked to developmental disorders and learning disabilities. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at least 1 in 12 – and as many as 1 in 6 – American women of childbearing age have enough mercury in their bodies to put their baby at risk.