Many governments worldwide have issued warnings and regulations regarding exposure to and use of mercury. Unfortunately, much of the responsibility to protect oneself from mercury poisoning still falls to the individual. Avoiding consumption of certain types of fish, at least too often, is recommended; the specific kinds of fish and a safe frequency for eating it vary from list to list and even among locations.
Coal-fired power plants are a big producer of mercury, and some factories have installed filters to prevent its escape, but aren’t required to do so by law, as far as I can tell.
Knowledge of mercury’s toxicity led Spain, once the world production leader (from mines that had operated for close to 2,000 years) to cease mercury production in 2003. The European Union is working to address the issues of mercury pollution.
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