One in Five Women Has Elevated Mercury Levels
The study was conducted by the Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, in cooperation with Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. The report's co-author, Dr. Steve Patch, pointed to fish consumption as the single greatest factor in elevated mercury levels. Fish absorb mercury pollution from bodies of water contaminated in large part by coal burning power plants. Greenpeace responded to the results by calling for tougher anti-pollution laws, and also offers the hair test used in the study for use by individuals in ascertaining their own levels of mercury.