mercury pollution http://michiganradio.org en Pregnant women need to eat more fish, say FDA and EPA http://michiganradio.org/post/pregnant-women-need-eat-more-fish-say-fda-and-epa <p>The government wants pregnant women to eat more fish. Yesterday the FDA and EPA issued <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm">new draft advice</a> that urges pregnant and breastfeeding women to eat at least eight to twelve ounces of fish a week.</p><p>The update comes 10 years after the last recommendation, which didn't specify a minimum.</p><p>The FDA is worried that fears over mercury levels in seafood have kept many pregnant women from getting enough of the nutritional value needed for their babies.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:49:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17961 at http://michiganradio.org Pregnant women need to eat more fish, say FDA and EPA Women making healthier decisions at seafood counter http://michiganradio.org/post/women-making-healthier-decisions-seafood-counter <p></p><p></p><p>Over the last decade, women have switched to making much healthier choices at the seafood counter.</p><p>First, let's make it clear: fish is healthful food.</p><p>But, fish can contain traces of mercury, some fish more than others. And to make sure you don’t consume too much of that toxin, you need to know which fish have heavier loads of mercury.</p><p>Why?</p><p>Because mercury is a toxic contaminant that can cause neurological damage. For women who could have children or who are pregnant, too much mercury could mean developmental problems for their babies.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 15532 at http://michiganradio.org Women making healthier decisions at seafood counter Michigan scientists support federal rules limiting mercury emissions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-scientists-support-federal-rules-limiting-mercury-emissions <p>More than a hundred scientists from Michigan are supporting <a href="http://www.epa.gov/mats/">a federal standard that would limit the amount of mercury </a>coal plants could emit.</p><p>The State of Michigan already has set some limits. But a major portion of the mercury that ends up in Michigan <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/fingerprinting-mercury-pollution">comes from coal plants in other states.</a></p><p>There are some U.S. Senators trying to stop federal regulators from implementing the rules. They say the regulations will hurt the economy.</p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:56:05 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6924 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan scientists support federal rules limiting mercury emissions Research paints mixed picture on mercury levels in Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/research-paints-mixed-picture-mercury-levels-great-lakes <p>Mercury levels in the Great Lakes have dropped over the past 40 years.</p><p>But those levels are still high enough to pose risks to humans and wildlife, especially in many inland lakes, according to<a href="http://www.briloon.org/mercuryconnections/GreatLakes"> a new summary of the latest research on Great Lakes mercury levels</a>.</p><p>Researchers summarized 35 new scientific papers to get a clearer picture of mercury in the Great Lakes.</p><p>The good news: due to pollution controls, those levels continue to go down.</p> Wed, 12 Oct 2011 01:57:50 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4552 at http://michiganradio.org Research paints mixed picture on mercury levels in Great Lakes