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Mercury in New England

Mercury in New England

Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water, soil, and even coal. EPA New England recognizes mercury levels in the lakes and streams of the Northeast as one of the region's most significant ecological and health issues. New Englanders are mainly exposed to mercury when they consume fish and shellfish containing methylmercury. These pages provide information about mercury in New England, including regional sources of mercury and local fish consumption advisories.

For basic information about mercury, its health effects, how to handle spills and to learn what EPA is doing to reduce mercury emissions, select from the topics listed to the right or visit the national mercury home page.

When you are disposing of mercury thermometers, make sure you dispose of them properly in a household hazardous waste collection. If you have questions, contact your state environmental protection department or your local health department.

NE Sources of Mercury: where does mercury come from in New England?

NE Fish Consumption Advisories: learn what fish to avoid in which local waters

EPA NE Mercury Efforts: what EPA is doing about mercury in New England

NE State Mercury Links: links to other state sites with information about mercury

NE Mercury Contacts: EPA staff contacts for New England

Don't Mess with Mercury: Exit EPA. Click for disclaimer. PSA developed by EPA about staying away from mercury

Mission Mercury: Exit EPA. Click for disclaimer. view an educational video on mercury for middle-school students created by VT ANR along with Champlain College

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