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18 Jan, 2017, 19:11 ET U.S. Gives "Fishy" Advice that Will Expose Babies to Too Much Mercury; Consuming Tuna Not Worth the Risk for Pregnant Women, say Advocates

Pregnant women who follow the new U.S. fish advice will be exposed to far too much mercury, say scientists and advocates. They maintain that the...


19 Dec, 2016, 13:04 ET US regulates dental mercury discharges while EU endorses partial amalgam ban

While the EU just endorsed a partial ban on amalgam, last Thursday the US EPA posted a rule to control mercury releases from dental clinics. The...


04 Nov, 2015, 10:28 ET NGOs Call for CFL Phase Out, Urge retailers to follow IKEA's lead by ending sales

 Environmental NGOs are urging the European Commission (EC) to restrict sales of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), showing how...


03 Nov, 2014, 09:00 ET FDA's Proposed Fish Advisory Could Increase Mercury Poisoning: Groups warn FDA experts at meeting this week

A new advisory recommending increased fish consumption for pregnant women could increase mercury poisoning in newborns, according to physicians and...


25 Sep, 2014, 15:07 ET Advocates applaud EPA's proposal to control dental mercury discharges

Today, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy proposed an effluent guideline rule to control dental mercury discharges and...


19 Aug, 2013, 09:00 ET Scientists, MDs & NGOs Join 21 U.S. Senators in Urging Obama to Update Advisory on Mercury in Fish

 Following an August 6th letter from 21 US Senators1, President Obama was urged to expedite release of an updated consumer advisory on...


01 May, 2013, 09:00 ET HHS Secretary Sebelius Urged to Release Revised Fish Advisory on Mercury

In a letter sent last week, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was urged to expedite release of a draft updated Federal...


03 Apr, 2013, 09:00 ET Toxic mercury from discarded thermostats continues to pollute: Manufacturers' recycling programs found to be ineffective in most states

 A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the...


19 Jan, 2013, 05:24 ET New UN treaty on mercury requires countries to phase down dental amalgam; final text included in this release

 While no phase out date was set, just completed negotiations by the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee this morning at 7 AM Geneva time...


17 Jan, 2013, 10:12 ET UN treaty on mercury expected to phase down amalgam globally; Draws praise from consumer and environmental groups

 While no dental amalgam phase out date has been set, UN mercury treaty talks are expected to result in the phase down of dental mercury...


19 Sep, 2012, 08:00 ET Popular Children's School Lunch Contains Hidden Risk, Groups Warn; Media call scheduled for 10 AM (EDT)

Some children may be at greater risk from mercury in tuna than previously thought, finds a new study by the Mercury Policy Project (MPP). ...


23 Jul, 2012, 13:04 ET EU Commission study opens the way to phasing mercury out of dentistry and button cell batteries

 The European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project welcomed a new European Commission study, which recommends phasing out...


06 Jul, 2012, 14:12 ET US, EU, Canada oppose health provision in mercury treaty; NGOs urge reconsideration

  Joined by the European Union, Canada and other developed countries, the U.S. opposed a separate health provision during the fourth (of five)...


11 Oct, 2011, 17:03 ET WHO Report Suggests "Phase Down" of Dental Amalgam Globally; Breakthrough Will Lead to Phase Out of Dental Mercury, Say NGOs

The World Health Organization today released its long-awaited 2009 meeting report on the "Future Use of Materials for Dental Restorations" in...


04 Oct, 2011, 14:26 ET WHO/FAO "Expert" Group Fails to Inform Governments About Mercury Exposure Risks from Seafood, say NGOs

The findings of a new WHO/FAO Report on Benefits and Risks of Seafood Consumption(1) will be presented this week at the World Seafood Congress in...


19 May, 2011, 08:00 ET Vt. Gov. Shumlin Signs Lamp Producer Responsibility Law

Creates manufacturer-based recycling program for mercury-containing light bulbs Gov. Peter Shumlin today signed into law a bill requiring...


20 Apr, 2011, 14:19 ET U.S. Calls For 'Phase Down' of Dental Mercury

Consumer groups applaud An amalgam of consumer groups today applauded a move by the U.S. government to support the 'phase down' of dental mercury...


13 Dec, 2010, 09:34 ET While FDA Reviews Amalgam Risks, NGO Applauds WHO 'Phase Down'

While an FDA panel re-examines risks of amalgam over the next two days, the World Health Department is expected to release a key report soon...


27 Sep, 2010, 18:57 ET EPA to End Bush Era Dental Mercury 'Midnight Deal'

Today, environmental groups applauded EPA's announcement to propose a new rule requiring dentists to reduce mercury pollution.   "Dentists...


26 May, 2010, 13:41 ET Congressional Hearing Targets Dentists as Major Source of Mercury Pollution

Mercury Policy Project testimony charges American Dental Association with misleading Congress, EPA, and the Public on dental mercury impacts...


23 Apr, 2010, 12:15 ET Website Launched to Rebut 'Fish Stories' on Misguided 'Mercury Facts'

At the "International Mercury Expo 2010*" this weekend at the College of  William and Mary, a mercury watchdog group is launching a new...


21 Apr, 2010, 10:35 ET Tuna Surprise: Over One Third of Mercury Exposure From This Fish, New Study Finds

A new study ranking exposure risks from methylmercury finds that tuna accounts for over one third of total mercury exposure from seafood...


18 Nov, 2009, 10:33 ET Breakthrough Reached on 'Phasing Down' Dental Mercury Use at W.H.O. Expert Meeting, Says Green Groups

Hailed as "a breakthrough" by Green Groups, an agreement in concept was reached yesterday by a World Health Organization (W.H.O.)-convened...


17 Sep, 2009, 08:00 ET In Wake of Obama Visit to GM Plant, Administration Told GM Could Cause Soaring Mercury Emissions Starting Jan. 1, 2010

In the wake of President Obama's visit to a General Motors (GM) plant earlier in the week, his Administration and key states were warned today...


24 Aug, 2009, 13:21 ET GM Called on to Cover Mercury Recycling Costs in Cash for Clunkers Program; Recovery of Thousands of Pounds Mercury at Risk

Today, the $3 billion "Cash for Clunkers" program is expiring. The program provided $3,500-4,500 incentives for turning in less fuel-efficient...