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Name of Article:
Activists Seek NEPA Study in Bid to Force Ban on Dental Mercury Use 
Title of Book/Journal:
FDA Week 
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Publication Date:
May 19, 2006     
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MERSEY RIVER
MERCURY POLLUTION
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According to the article, numerous public interest groups and activists, such as the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia against the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) on April 27, 2006 seeking “an immediate ban on dental fillings that contain mercury.” Specifically, the lawsuit asserted that mercury from dental amalgam, which is used in fillings, represents one of the three largest sources of the neurotoxic pollutant in the United States. Moreover, the lawsuit alleges that FDA failed to consider the environmental impacts of the amalgam as the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) requires. The issue raised some environmental justice concerns as advocates asserted that “lower-income populations receive the largest share of [all fillings containing mercury], with higher income populations opting for alternatives, such as gold or ceramic crowns.” In response to allegations that it ignored its legal obligation to conduct NEPA environmental reviews, FDA asserted that the manufacturer bears responsibility to submit the results of such a study for FDA to evaluate. Article taken from EJ in the News.
 
 
       
 
 
 

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