Will President Obama bring us across the finish line to strong mercury standards that protect our families? The EPA has announced that strong mercury protections -- which would cut over 90% of this toxic pollutant from coal-fired power plants -- will be issued in December 2011. These landmark protections will dramatically clean up our nation's air and significantly reduce children's exposure to life-threatening and cancerous heavy metals and air toxics, including mercury, arsenic, and chromium.
We need President Obama to stand strong against the corporate polluters and industry lobbyists trying to block these protections. Send President Obama a message today!
In November 2011, the Sierra Club launched an advertising campaign on the Washington, D.C. Metro system focused on the need to protect families from toxic mercury pollution. The advertisements show images of pregnant women's bellies and point out the dangerous levels of mercury pollution that affect over 300,000 newborn babies each year. View the ads.
For much of 2011, thousands of concerned Americans attended EPA public hearings and submitted written comments asking for stronger protections from mercury pollution.
Now is your last chance to make your voice heard.
Learn more about the dangers of mercury and why it's important to be tested! Watch our segment on Good Morning America.
Read Bryan Walsh's article in TIME Magazine: "How My Mercury Level Hit Double the Safety Limit"
Pregnant women and children are at greatest risk from mercury exposure, especially if they consume large amounts of fish and seafood. Exposure to mercury can contribute to severe birth defects, including learning disabilities, delayed onset of walking and talking, and cerebral palsy.
Mercury can make its way to our dinner tables via contaminated fish. Once ingested, mercury acts as a potent neurotoxin and can damage the brain and nervous system. Get the facts.
What fish is safe to eat? Download our Safe Seafood Guide (PDF) to keep in your purse or wallet when dining out or at the grocery store.
The Sierra Club's mercury hair testing program has been a great success, with testing events held in more than 30 cities in 20 states! The mercury hair testing program has now ended.
The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service lab now offers hair mercury testing for women of childbearing age (under 45 years old). This public service allows women to send a hair sample and receive an individualized packet of information with their results.
Approximately 48 tons of toxic mercury are being pumped into our air each year from coal fired power plants, which comprise the largest domestic source of federally unregulated mercury emissions in the United States.
Coal-fired power plants are one of the largest sources of pollution in our country. They emit thousands of pounds of toxic mercury pollution every year, but also arsenic, lead and acid gases.
Use our interactive map to search for coal plants in your community
Mercury is affecting the lives of people across the country and from all walks of life. Read their stories: