News from mercury policy project

Mar 12, 2014, 12:19 ET

Groups Sue FDA for Seafood Health Information, Agency failed to respond to a petition from 2011

On Monday, consumer protection and environmental advocates filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Aug 19, 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...

May 07, 2013, 11:43 ET

Danaher Shareholders Seek to Accelerate Phase-Out of Toxic Mercury from Dental Products

Members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Investor Environmental Health Network and shareholders in the Danaher Corporation...

May 01, 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...

Apr 03, 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...

Jan 19, 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...

Jan 17, 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...

Sep 19, 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). ...

Jul 23, 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...

Jul 06, 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)...

Oct 11, 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...

Oct 04, 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...

May 19, 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...

Apr 20, 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...

Dec 13, 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...

Sep 27, 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...

May 26, 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...

Apr 23, 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...

Apr 21, 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...

Dec 16, 2009, 10:48 ET

The Cove Movie Exposes Mercury Poisoning Risk

The Cove enviro-thriller DVD released last week includes a bonus documentary "Mercury Rising" that highlights the dangers of mercury exposure....

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