Sigh. The message here is, don't eat any fish you catch. But there appears to be a substantial amount of mercury in the drinking water at the EPA:
EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt said the increase was due to more
monitoring, not more pollution.
"I want to make clear that this agency views mercury as a toxin. Manmade
emissions need to be reduced and regulated. There has been an appropriate,
heightened public concern," Leavitt said.
If I were a Democratic strategist, I'd point this out frequently--make a whole separate commercial on it--to the large sporting constituency that thinks environmentalism only means gun control, and win some voters.
Bush wants to cut mercury emissions by 70 percent by 2018.
If these numbers are right (and if we have a continuing increase in "monitoring"), by 2018 there won't be any unpolluted lakes or rivers in the United States. Talk about Montezuma's revenge.