Director of the "Stop Seafood Contamination" campaign for Oceana
In January 2001, the FDA issued a warning that pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, nursing mothers, and small infants to avoid fish that may contain unsafe levels of methyl mercury. These fish include large, longer-lived fish, such as swordfish, king mackerel, shark, or tilefish. Jackie Savits is the Director of the "Stop Seafood Contamination" campaign for Oceana, an environmental group working to protect the world's oceans says while there is always a little mercury in the environment we have added more by burning coal. Oceana says there are sources of mercury that we can do something about. Nine old chlorine manufacturing plants from the 1800's produce the chlorine in a way that adds mercury to the environment. There are newer, cleaner ways of manufacturing chlorine yet these "nasty nine" are trying to squeeze out every last dime from these antiquated plants. What can you do? Write to these companies asking them to change there manufacturing processes.
Podcast Date: 11/23/2005