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Reader Input: ‘Clean coal’ anything but

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I finished my OB/GYN residency training in 1972, 41 years ago. About then I started warning my OB patients about the health concerns of eating five certain fish.  
When I stopped caring for OBs 11 years ago, that list had grown to about 20 and it is longer now. The risk was for the brain-damaging neurotoxin, mercury.
The risk was not much for the adult patient, but for the developing brain of her fetus, AKA “my baby.”
Now, a recent, world-wide study of hair samples has shown that 82 percent of 152 samples had unhealthy levels of mercury. And, 84 percent of all fish, which I think would include shellfish, have unsafe levels of mercury. This contamination ranges from the highest mountain, sparkling stream to the deepest ocean.
From where could all this mercury come? The common agent: air. There are or were 1,600 giant smoke stacks for coal-fired generating plants in America alone, each discharging an average of 48 pounds of mercury a day into the air and that toxin goes everywhere, even into unborn babies a world away.
Undeniably, “clean coal” may be both the shortest and biggest lie in the world.                    
Jon W. Candy, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Loomis