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January 18th, 2017 by michael
Pregnant women who follow the new U.S. fish advice will be exposed to far too much mercury, say scientists and advocates. A recent study by MPP and EWG shows that following the new U.S. advisory will put babies at risk. “Our research suggests that women who follow this advice will consume dangerous amounts of mercury,” said Sonya Lunder, an EWG senior scientist who joined MPP in a statement. “Women of child bearing age and pregnant women in particular need advice to reduce their exposure. This advice doesn’t do that.” Research (since updated) indicates that nearly half (47%) of American’s exposure to methylmercury comes from tuna consumption, with the following contributions: canned albacore (20%), canned light (19%) and frozen/sushi (8%). “FDA’s advice does not protect babies—nor future generations—from mercury exposure risks,” said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. “The most important advice any agency could give to pregnant women to reduce their mercury exposure is “Don’t eat tuna.” Consumers interested in low mercury fish high in beneficial nutrients can visit EWG’s guide.
Category: Environmental Justice, Fish and Seafood, Mercury Exposure, Press Releases, US |
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December 15th, 2016 by michael
EPA issued a new rule to control dental mercury releases from entering municipal treatment plants, the nation’s waters and the fish Americans eat. EPA’s rule requires dental clinics to install amalgam separators and implement “best management practices.” The Agency expects compliance will reduce mercury discharges by over 10 tons per year. “Mercury from dental clinics is the largest source of mercury in municipal wastewater, the largest consumer use and also the largest reservoir of mercury in use today,” MPP’s director said in a statement. “Amalgam separators are easy to install and maintain. They are also a practical, affordable and available technology for capturing mercury.” According to EPA, removing mercury at dental offices—where it is concentrated and easy to manage—is both an economical and common sense solution to prevent releases. EPA estimates that the average annual cost of the rule per dental office is about 800 dollars.
Category: Blogroll, Dental Mercury, Emissions, Fish and Seafood, Mercury Exposure, Mercury Facts, Mercury Products, Press Releases, US |
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March 20th, 2016 by michael
EWG and MPP received extensive media coverage after releasing results measuring mercury hair levels in over 250 women who eat two or more seafood meals per week, the amount EPA/FDA recommend. Testing indicates 29% exceed the EPA guideline for mercury exposure during pregnancy (1 ppm) and 59% exceed a more protective upper limit of 0.58 ppm recommended by scientists. Tuna was a major source of participant’s mercury exposure (40% of estimated ingestion) which is consistent with MPP’s (now updated) analysis, using FDA’s data, which shows tuna accounts for 45% of mercury in the US seafood supply. Notably only 17% of the mercury in participants’ diets was from species identified in EPA/FDA’s draft advice, which is incomplete because it fails to provide enough detail about which mercury-laden species to limit or avoid (i.e. tuna) and which are low in mercury and higher in omega-3s.
Category: Academic Projects, Environmental Justice, Fish and Seafood, Mercury Exposure, Mercury Facts, Press Releases, Reports, US |
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November 4th, 2015 by michael
Environmental NGOs are urging the European Commission (EC) to restrict sales of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) under the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, showing how they can be feasibly replaced with lighting emitting diode (LED) lamps. “The time is ripe for an EC decision to take CFLs (<30W) off the shelves throughout the EU by 2018,” said EEB’s Elena Lymberidi-Settimo. Since the US Energy Department’s lifecycle analysis shows that LEDs far surpass CFLs in efficiency and other environmental impacts, advocates are also calling for US retailers to follow IKEA’s lead in ending CFL sales. “LEDs are environmentally preferable to CFLs from a lifecycle perspective,” said Alicia Culver, RPN’s director. “LEDs use less energy, last three times longer than CFLs. They are a practical and affordable alternative for most general purpose lighting applications.” Workers can be exposed to mercury when manufacturing, transporting, installing, recycling or disposing of CFLs and other fluorescent lamps. Pregnant women and toddlers may be exposed above safe levels when CFLs are broken in rooms without ventilation. “LEDs don’t contain mercury and are becoming more cost competitive, especially when energy use and higher CFL disposal costs are factored in,” said MPP director Bender.
Category: EU, Green Lighting, International, Mercury Products, Press Releases, Reports, US |
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September 22nd, 2015 by michael
60 NGOs recently urged US Secretary of State John Kerry to convince FDA to conform with US policy to reduce amalgam use. The groups assert that a 2009 FDA rule is impeding mercury reduction and contrary to the position taken by the U.S. during negotiations: “The United States supports further consideration of dental amalgam by the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee such that the agreement is able to achieve the phase down, with the goal of eventual phase out by all Parties, of mercury amalgam upon the development and availability of affordable, viable alternatives.” However, FDA takes the opposite view, as articulated in its 2009 rule and unaltered since that time. “As explained in our letter, FDA is fundamentally at odds with the Convention’s provisions to “phase down the use of dental amalgam, ” as well as the U.S. Government’s position,” said MPP director Bender. “The difference in approach reflects the Convention’s consideration of dental amalgam’s full life cycle and the lack of any environmental assessment by FDA.” According to the latest U.S. Geological Survey report, dental amalgam is now one of the largest consumer uses of mercury in the U.S. today.
Category: Dental Mercury, International, Mercury Facts, Mercury Products, Press Releases, Reports, UNEP, US |
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June 25th, 2014 by michael
A new federal advisory promoting seafood fails to protect sensitive populations from methylmercury exposure, according to an analysis by Environmental Working Group and MPP. “There’s something really ‘fishy’ about the agencies’ fixation on health benefit studies while ignoring the latest science on methylmercury exposure,” said MPP Director Bender in a statement.
Category: Fish and Seafood, Mercury Exposure, Press Releases, Reports, US |
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March 12th, 2014 by michael
On behalf of CSPI and MPP, Earthjustice recently filed a lawsuit in federal court against FDA for failing to respond to our 2011 petition requesting the Agency to give consumers clear, accurate and accessible information about mercury in seafood (as recent press reports explain.) The lawsuit seeks a court-ordered deadline since under its own regulations, FDA had 180 days to respond and its failure to do so violates federal law. In 2004, FDA acknowledged MeHg exposure risks when it issued an online advisory based on now outdated research. Several recent studies suggest adverse effects at exposure levels 10-fold lower than those considered acceptable a decade ago.
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December 10th, 2013 by michael
A seminar on methylmercury exposure issues was hosted for over 20 public interest NGOs was held Dec.3rd at Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C.,organized by Dr. Ned Groth and MPP Director Bender (reporting.) The meeting report is available here. During the morning, we were updated on recent research, including: 1) Recent Epidemiological Evidence and Evolving Perspectives on Benefits and Risks, by Ned Groth, PhD, Independent Consultant, (see also report); 2) Potential benefits and harm of fish consumption,By Emily Oken, MD, MPH, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 3) Recent Advances in Databases on Mercury in Fish, by Tim Fitzgerald, PhD, Environmental Defense Fund. The afternoon session included presentations by federal agency officials: 1) Qualitative Modeling of Benefits and Risks and Implications for Risk Management for Mercury Exposure from Commercially-Caught Fish, by Philip Spiller, Senior Advisor, FDA/CFSAN, 2) Review and Update of the Reference Doses for inorganic Hg and methylmercury, by Samantha Jones, PhD, Associate Director for Science, IRIS Program, US EPA. 3) Update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, by Stephanie Goodwin, PhD, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US DHHS.
Category: Academic Projects, Fish and Seafood, Mercury Exposure, Mercury Facts, Reports, US |
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August 18th, 2013 by michael
Following a letter from 21 US Senators, an August 15th letter from scientists, MDs and NGOs urged President Obama to instruct federal agencies to update the consumer advisory on methylmercury . Our letter echoed the earlier Senators letter:“This is the third time a wide bipartisan group of Senators has written to you requesting your help removing roadblocks to finalizing the FDA advice to pregnant women on seafood consumption. Pregnant women, physicians and medical professionals, however, are still waiting despite numerous commitments in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to finalize the FDA advisory.” Earlier this year, we sent a similar letter to HHS Secretary Sebelius, but the response back from FDA was not promising.
Category: Fish and Seafood, Mercury Exposure, Mercury Facts, Press Releases, US |
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June 6th, 2013 by michael
An American Public Health Association panel met last month to review policy proposals and soundly rejected one to “preserve” the use of dental amalgam. The resolution was backed by the American Dental Association, who claimed that the proposal was a “recent policy decision” by the APHA . The panel suggested that any revised resolution “…be reflective for support of eventual phase out of the use of dental amalgam” and presented comments from several APHA sections:
• “The proposed policy statement presents biased and one-sided arguments” on environmental impacts,
• “Recent studies verifying the benefits of mercury-free alternatives over amalgam (in terms of longevity, accessibility, and the environment) are neglected,”
• “Scientific evidence, as well as updated data from the United Nations Environment Program and other reputable sources, indicates that amalgam is a significant source of mercury pollution and largely cannot be prevented except by source reduction,” and
• “The proposed resolution mischaracterizes its interaction with the Minamata Convention on Mercury that was recently negotiated by the United States and 139 other countries… In particular, the treaty endorsed a phase-down of the use of dental amalgam, which the resolution authors explicitly fail to endorse.”
Further, the submittal from the Environment section noted that “…the proposed resolution is plainly inconsistent with the Association’s comprehensive, precautionary approach to anthropogenic mercury use. ”
Category: Dental Mercury, Mercury Facts, Press Releases, UNEP, US |
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