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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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Doctors, Children's Advocates, Public Health Organizations and Hospitals Announce Support for (IL) Governor's Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan [PDF]
Abstract: A strong coalition of doctors, children's advocates, public health organizations and hospitals have commended Illinois Governor Blagojevich's new mercury pollution reduction plan and announced their support. They then called on the CEOs of companies owning Illinois coal plants to reduce the mercury pollution from their coal plants by 90 percent by June 30, 2009 as provided in the Governor's plan. Press release from Environmental Law and Policy Center. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Environmental Law and Policy Center
Environmental Law and Policy Center: Stop Mercury Pollution Now!
Abstract: This portion of the Environmental Law and Policy Center web site provides details on Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan, which proposes standards to require coal fired power plants to reduce mercury pollution by 90% or more by June 30, 2009. This site also provides details on a coalition of public health and environmental leaders supporting the Governor's pollution reduction plan and links to additional information.
Source: Environmental Law and Policy Center
Introduction to Mercury Issues
Abstract: This on-line training (PowerPoint presentation) from the Ohio EPA provides an introduction to mercury issues for the general public and businesses. It is meant to provide an introduction to the various forms of mercury and their health effects, identify where mercury is found, identify steps to take to reduce mercury use and provide some basic resources to further explore mercury issues. Information on mercury P2 assistance for Ohio is included. Note: This presentation was optimized for more recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Source: Ohio EPA OCAPP
Abstract: From MedlinePlus, a very good compilation of links relating to mercury.
Source: National Library of Medicine
Abstract: Includes information on all aspects of mercury in health care settings including best management practices for products containing mercury.
Source: Sustainable Hospitals/Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
OSHA Hospital eTool: Mercury
Abstract: This portion of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hospital eTool addresses mercury. It outlines potential hazards, health effects of both acute and chronic exposure, possible solutions, OSHA requirements, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommendations.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor OSHA
Reducing Mercury Use in Healthcare: Promoting a Healthier Environment: A How-to Manual
Abstract: The purpose of this manual is to help hospitals start mercury pollution prevention programs or accelerate programs that have already begun.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes National Program Office
The Mercury Menace (Chicago Tribune Series)
Abstract: This multimedia series from the Chicago Tribune includes articles on the newspaper's investigation into the amount of mercury in seafood being sold in Chicago area stores. This site includes links to the articles, including those on the toxic risks and how to minimize those risks, those on the flawed mercury warning system, and those specific to tuna. Also included are a calculator to determine how much fish you can safely consume, a survey, answers to readers' questions in an online forum, links for more information, photos, a graphic showing sources of mercury and a video introduction to the series. Copyright 2005, Chicago Tribune.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Thimerosal in Vaccines
Abstract: Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound (an organomercurial). Since the 1930s, it has been widely used as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines, to help prevent potentially life threatening contamination with harmful microbes. Over the past several years, because of an increasing awareness of the theoretical potential for neurotoxicity of even low levels of organomercurials and because of the increased number of thimerosal containing vaccines that had been added to the infant immunization schedule, concerns about the use of thimerosal in vaccines and other products have been raised. Thimerosal has been removed from or reduced to trace amounts in all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age and younger, with the exception of inactivated influenza vaccine; a preservative-free version of the inactivated influenza vaccine (contains trace amounts of thimerosal) is available in limited supply at this time for use in infants, children and pregnant women. In this document, a discussion of preservatives, the use of thimerosal as a preservative, guidelines on exposure to organomercurials (primarily methylmercury), thimerosal toxicity, recent and future FDA actions, and the conclusions of the Institute of Medicine's most recent review of thimerosal in vaccines are presented. This narrative on thimerosal contains references to the literature and links to other sites for readers who wish additional information; for quick reference, a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers are provided.
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Truth Revealed: New Scientific Discoveries Regarding Mercury in Medicine and Autism
Abstract: Hearing held on September 8, 2004 on mercury use in vaccines and other medicines and findings suggesting a possible link between mercury exposure and autism.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform
U.S. EPA Mercury Portal
Abstract: This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family. The site includes collections of information specifically geared toward consumers, parents, schools, health care providers, and business and industry. The site may also be viewed in Spanish.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
U.S. EPA: Human Health Research Program
Abstract: EPA's Human Health Research Program offers this Web site on the latest information on its research to protect public health. The program's science looks at such questions as why some people are more sensitive to pollution and how exposure to chemicals affects people's health. The site is designed for the general public as well as for the scientific community. The site provides easy access to research and results on methods, tools, and data needed to improve risk assessments to protect the public. Visitors to the site will find an overview of the research, information on how research has contributed to decision making, resource materials available in journal publications and reports, and a listing of meetings and conferences.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook: Section One (Background) [PDF]
Abstract: Provides background information about mercury, it's effects on human health and the environment, and Wisconsin and federal regulation covering it's use. (PDF Format; Length: 90 pages)
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources