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EPA acknowledges most fish tainted by mercury

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday said that nearly every state has fish are contaminated with mercury.

In its annual summary, the EPA said all but two states -- Wyoming and Alaska -- issued warnings about mercury contamination. This is up from 44 states in 1993, the first year the data was reported.

EPA chief Michael O. Leavitt said mercury emissions will continue to go down. But environmentalists said the Bush administration is not doing enough to combat pollution.

Mercury poses a health risk to pregnant women and young children.

Get the Story:
E.P.A. Says Mercury Taints Fish Across U.S. (The New York Times 8/25)
EPA Releases 12th Annual National Listing of Fish Advisories (EPA 8/24)

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