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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Mercury Reduction Through the Use of Pollution Prevention Techniques

Mercury’s Effect on Human Health
Mercury is harmful to human health and is especially toxic to the nervous system – the brain and spinal cord – particularly the developing nervous system of a fetus or young child. Mercury’s effects can also be very subtle taking years to appear.

In humans, mercury is toxic to the nervous system, affecting the brain, spinal cord, kidneys and liver. Mercury exposure is particularly significant for young children and pregnant women because mercury inhibits the development of the brain and nervous system. Lowered intelligence, impaired hearing, and poor coordination are some of the effects seen in children with elevated mercury exposure. more …

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  • NHDES Pollution Prevention Program
    29 Hazen Drive; PO Box 95
    Concord, NH 03302-0095
    (603) 271-6460



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