February 8, 2006
Back in November an environmental group was in the city testing women for mercury and tonight the results are in.
Of the 40 Charlottesville women who donated a piece of their hair for testing, one in four has high levels of mercury in their system.
Dangerous amounts of mercury can put newborns at risk of mental retardation and other developmental problems.
Ashley Studholme, a University of Virginia student tested, said she was shocked to find out how much mercury was in her system and she has since decided to cut down on eating certain fish.
Avoiding canned albacore tuna and lobster can help prevent high mercury levels.
The Sierra Club, the group responsible for the study, wants to bring the results to Governor Tim Kaine’s attention. They hope he will take some action to protect families from mercury.
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