Mercury heats up forum on Great Salt Lake

5/11/2012

Great Salt Lake near Antelope Island in 2008. Regulations approved last year should cut mercury emissions nationwide by 50 to 70 percent. That reduction, which must take place within three years, will make the United States a world leader in mercury emissions control, a national expert says. (Standard-Examiner file photo)

Every state has so much mercury in its water that it’s dangerous to eat many of the fish caught in its lakes and streams — and Utah’s Great Salt Lake is no exception.

There are no fish in the lake, but mercury contamination travels through sediment and microscopic organisms into brine flies and brine shrimp. Ducks that live on the lake and eat those shrimp and flies end up being dangerous to eat.

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