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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Heavy Metal Harm

Heavy Metal Harm

This article, written by Jim Motavalli, provides a general overview of the multiple sources of mercury in the environment and the health risks associated with mercury exposure. Included are discussions of: mercury thermometers (their ban in some areas contrasted by their continued sale by some retail chains); mercury contamination of fish and the risks to women of childbearing age; mercury in automobiles and the debate over whether manufacturers or recyclers should be responsible for mercury switches from existing vehicles; mercury use in dental amalgams and the debate over the health risks associated with their use; and mercury emissions from utilities. Motavalli has also included a sidebar (co-written by C.B. Gaines) on the ritual use of mercury in some Caribbean-based religions such as Santeria and the beliefs associated with it. Linked with the permission of E: The Environmental Magazine. (Length: 8 pages)

Full Citation: Motavalli, J. May/June 2002. “Heavy Metal Harm.” E: The Environmental Magazine, 13(3): 26-33.


E: The Environmental Magazine (ISSN 1046-8021)

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May/June 2002

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