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High Mercury Levels Around Offshore Oil Rigs

"Mercury concentrations in the sand around some rigs were as high as levels found at some federal "Superfund" sites now closed to fishing as a result of severe contamination by the toxic metal. A study of one rig off the Texas coast indicated that mercury levels in the sediments beneath the platform were 12 times higher than the safe level for mercury in marine environments, as set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency." (Excerpt from "Studies Indicate Gulf Oil and Gas Rigs Are Islands of Legal Contamination" by Ben Raines, Newhouse News Service, 1/2/02)

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