Mercury is a metal that occurs naturally in small amounts in the environment. Mercury exists as a liquid, solid and gas and can be highly toxic if inhaled.
Mercury can be found in:
Due to mercury content in fish, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have recommended that pregnant women eat no more than two six-ounce servings per week of low-mercury fish, such as shrimp, canned tuna, salmon, pollock and catfish.
Read more in the IPC blog.
The EPA has more information on mercury spills, disposal and site cleanup