Region 8

Mercury

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that is present in the natural environment and bioaccumulates in fish. Fetuses and young children are most susceptible to mercury exposure. This priority is intended to reduce mercury release to the environment, minimize potential for mercury spills at schools, recycle mercury, and educate communities and sensitive populations about fish consumption advisories that can reduce exposure risk.

The Region's goal is to increase region-wide knowledge about mercury and to share it with our states and tribes. This work includes understanding the "state of the science" about mercury. It also includes gaining a better understanding about mercury levels, sources and the consideration of potential actions to address concerns identified as threats to public health and the environment.

People in Region 8 are mainly exposed to mercury when they consume fish and shellfish containing methylmercury. These pages are intended to provide information about Region 8 state fish advisories for wild fish, state mercury programs, and education.

State Mercury Links Exit

Educational resources

Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) and Mercury

ENERGY STAR-qualified CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy than incandescent light bulbs, and last up to 10 times longer.

CFLs contain mercury.

Broken a CFL, other fluorescent light bulb or mercury thermometer?