Where You Live
Mercury can be found most anywhere. On this page, you will find resources about mercury where you live - your home and community, your state and region, and your world.
What should I do if I have a mercury spill? - Information about what to do if you spill mercury, how to clean up and dispose the mercury. All mercury spills, regardless of quantity, should be treated seriously.
Addressing Indoor Environmental Concerns During Remodeling - Many water-based paints (even interior paints) used mercury as a preservative until its use was discontinued in 1991. Any paint that contains mercury should not be used indoors. Evaluate any existing stock of paint and properly dispose of paints containing lead or mercury.
Tox Town - The world's largest medical library, the US National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, has developed an introductory Web site about toxic chemicals and environmental health risks such as mercury, lead, and asbestos in the towns and cities where you live.
Ritual Use of Mercury - Persons who use metallic mercury in ethnic folk medicine and for religious practices may be at risk of exposure to mercury. Metallic mercury is sold under the name "azogue"in stores (sometimes called botanicas), which specialize in religious items used in Esperitismo (a spiritual belief system native to Puerto Rico), Santeria (a Cuban-based religion that venerates both African deities and Catholic saints), and voodoo. The use of azogue in religious practices is recommended in some Hispanic communities by family members, spiritualists, card readers, and santeros. Typically, azogue is carried on one's person in a sealed pouch prepared by a spiritual leader or sprinkled in the home or automobile.
EPA has ten regional offices, each of which is responsible for several states and territories. To get information about your part of the nation, select a region by clicking within the area of the map covered by the region. You can also click on the links to state agencies located below the map.