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August 17, 2007

Mom Tells Her Mercury Story on CNN


Laura Pugliese of Miami got her hair tested for mercury several years ago, and then postponed her pregnancy when she found her levels were well above what the EPA considers safe. How'd she know about her mercury levels? By using a testing kit provided through a joint Sierra Club and Greenpeace project.

The project (and Laura) recently enjoyed the spotlight when CNN's Greg Hunter reported on mercury contamination in fish, which gets there primarily from coal-fired power-plant emissions that fall to earth in rain. Laura talks about how when she stopped eating albacore tuna, her mercury levels went down, and last December she gave birth to healthy baby girl named Alexa. See the video here.

And remember, you can order a mercury hair testing kit from the Sierra Club for the non-profit rate of $25. Learn more about the project here, and read more about Laura's story here.


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