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Mercury

Superfund Research Program

Mercury is found at approximately 50% of all Superfund sites. Primary sources of exposure are spills, incineration and contaminated water and food. Mercury can affect the nervous system, brain, kidneys, and developing fetus. Mercury concentrations in air are usually low and of little direct concern. But when mercury enters water, biological processes transform it to a highly toxic form that builds up in fish and animals - including humans - that eat fish. SRP-funded research focuses on measuring mercury, developing biomarkers, and remediation applications.

Use the search tools below to find additional information about SRP-funded mercury research projects.

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