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Mercury polluters

June 02, 2003

Last Monday's section listed "The Worst," "In Between" and "The Best" fish for lowest mercury-level eating ("A Catch to Eating a Lot of Fish"). I almost fell for that mercury-poison scale hook, line and sinker, but then I began to wonder why we are being even a little poisoned. I had to hunt for the answer, but there it was. In the article's 13th paragraph we are told "Mercury occurs naturally, but is mostly a byproduct of coal-burning, mining and other industries."

A list of "The Worst" mercury-dumping industrial polluters would have better served our culinary and political appetites for a long, long time.

Catherine R. Leach

Sherman Oaks

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