Mercury From Coal Plants Threatens Hispanics Worse Than Others

… as noted by the Sierra Club. Reasons include the fact that 31 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. fish, and 76 percent of those eat and share the fish they catch… and that there are so few bilingual advisors on mercury toxicity.

So is the mercury really from coal-fired power plants? Judge for yourself:

By far the country’s largest mercury source is coal-fired power plants, which in 2009 alone spewed more than 130,000 pounds of this toxin into the environment. Mercury poisoning occurs by ingesting contaminated fish. The mercury is brought down by rain onto waterways, where it becomes its most toxic version, methyl-mercury. The fish absorb it and so do humans by ingesting the fish.

Considering the ubiquity of its use, coal is one of the most dangerous energy sources to human life and health, as well as to the environment, in areas surrounding plants. That awareness is beginning to have an impact, but the battle continues in the effort to close coal plants and substitute something cleaner. Just remember: “clean coal” is an oxymoron… don’t you be the moron.


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  • MandT  On Wednesday June 15, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    This reminds me of an article some years back in the SF Chronical that found Hispanics working in the central agricultural valley were more often malnourished because they couldn’t afford they very produce they grew for corporate agriculture.

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