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Kathleen Schuler and David Wallinga, M.D.

Widespread pollution in Minnesota, as in other states, has prompted statewide fish consumption advisories based on mercury. Government agencies acknowledge exposure threatens child development, their response is largely limited to reducing exposure - warning women to watch how much fish they eat - putting the burden on the individual to tackle the problem.

EPA's response on reducing mercury pollution at its source is weak, at best. EPA, warning us about mercury in fish, released rules allowing mercury emissions to add an extra 29 tons of mercury into the environment.