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The Dangers of Mercury

Exposure to mercury, even in small amounts, is a great danger to humans and wildlife.

When mercury enters the body it acts as a neurotoxin, which means it harms our brain and nervous system. Mercury exposure is especially dangerous to pregnant women and young children, but all adults are at risk for serious medical problems.

Most mercury pollution is produced by coal-fired power plants and other industrial processes. The most common way we are exposed to mercury is by eating contaminated fish.

NRDC is working hard to reduce mercury pollution in our air and water.

Protect Yourself and Your Family from Mercury Exposure

Here are some resources to help you reduce your exposure to mercury:

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