Mercury More Toxic Than Plutonium?

Mercury More Toxic Than Plutonium?

While doing research for a new movie we’ll be releasing soon (stay tuned for the details), I came across the CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances. Put out by The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, the list is a “prioritization of substances based on a combination of their frequency, toxicity, and potential for human exposure at National Priorities List (NPL) sites.”

The ASTDR “is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.”

So why is the list notable? For our purposes, it’s primarily due to the fact that Mercury ranks #3 on the list on toxic substances.

It currently sits right behind arsenic and lead, but ahead of such notable substances as chloroform, cyanide, and plutonium.

Now of course, one reason it is so high on the list is because it ranks highly in the “potential for human exposure” criterium listed by the ASTDR (and this is mostly due to it’s presence in amalgam fillings).

Nonetheless, this is a pretty clear sign of the toxic potential of mercury amalgam fillings and the potential danger they can cause if placed in your body.

Here’s a portion of the list. To view the entire list, check it out online at 2007 CERCLA Priority List.

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