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Mercury is a highly toxic material present in a number of consumer and industrial products, including thermostats, thermometers, fluorescent lamps, electric switches, batteries, manometers and other measuring devices, toys, and novelties. These products can lead to contamination when thrown in the trash, where they might be crushed, incinerated, or otherwise mismanaged in a way to cause airborne releases, after which mercury falls back to earth in rainwater. People can get exposed to mercury by eating contaminated fish. Nearly every state in the country has issued mercury fish consumption advisories, warning their citizens to restrict their intake of fish due to mercury contamination. Primarily due to maternal fish ingestion, the number of babies born each year in the United States with mercury in their blood at levels posing adverse developmental risks may be as high as 630,000 (an estimated 15.7% of annual births). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state and local governments are working to reduce mercury pollution through a number of strategies, including eliminating non-essential uses of mercury, increasing recovery and recycling, and promoting the use of non-mercury alternatives.

PSI is currently working on projects related to the following two mercury-containing products:

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