Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Remember how the allowable levels of several pollutants, including Mercury, were raised by the Bush administration under the slick marketing labels of the 'clean water act' and the 'clear skies act?'

Well, it hasn't taken long for the effects of this to show up at your local supermarket.

A group called the Mercury Policy Project published a report detailing the results of a 22 state study of fish purchased in supermarkets. They found that fish, especially swordfish and tuna sold in a number of supermarket chains contain levels of mercury above that which is considered hazardous.

In response, Albertson's and Safeway announced plans to start warning consumers about the potential hazard from Mercury. Some other chains won't do so (except in California, where it is the law that they have to).

Exposure to Mercury, especially over a long period of time, can cause a number of maladies, including brittle bones, blindness and insanity.

And this is just one more legacy that the Bush administration is leaving to America.

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