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Citizens Speak ... Leaders Respond


Mercury forum raises concerns

On May 15, 2006 nearly a hundred citizens assembled at the Homebuilders Association office to learn more about the research
connected with mercury poisoning. The forum was sponsored by the Public Life Foundation of Owensboro.

Project Manager Laurel Gibson assembled materials representing diverse points of view on the issue and recruited prominent researchers: Dr. George Rogers, M.D., Ph.D., University of Louisville Pediatrician and Toxicologist; and Dr. Boyd Haley, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Professor of Chemistry. “Mercury is Rising” the Sierra Club – Chris Karow documentary film, was also shown.

Following the presentations, audience members posed numerous questions of the presenters. Parents of autistic children demonstrated
special interest in the subject.

Nearly a third of the participants completed and returned a questionnaire following the forum, with the following results:



These results were shared with the forum participants, state and federal elected officials representing this area, officials in the state environmental protection department and members of legislative committees that oversee environmental laws, regulations and proposals.

Upon receipt, responses from officials will be published.

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