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Mercury Pollution: Analysis of Public Polices Regulating Production Kerriann Britt, Department of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences and Honors College Faculty Mentor: Marcia Staff, Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, College of Business. Abstract.
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Kerriann Britt, Department of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences and Honors College
Faculty Mentor: Marcia Staff, Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, College of Business
Mercury is a known toxin to humans and is most dangerous to young children and the elderly. The legislation, as well as industry standards, that are currently in place are not strict enough when dealing with such a harmful substance. The impacts of mercury pollution, and later consumption through the eating of fish, will be costly to society in the forms of lower I.Q., future earnings, and higher social costs from needing to take care of those infected with the poison.
In order to suggest new and tougher policies for mercury pollution, I will conduct a legal analysis of the policies currently in place.
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Warren Burgess, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Gloria C. Cox, Ph.D., Dean, Honors College
Susan Brown Eve, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Honors College
Marcia Staff, J.D., Chair, Department of Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law, Regents Professor, Business Law, College of Business
Current regulations in public policy and industry standards do not adequately protect citizens, especially developing infants and the elderly, from exposure to excessive concentrations of mercury. The government needs to enact stricter legislation in order to force cooperation of those companies who pollute mercury.