Monday, July 28, 2014

Grassy Narrows, Methyl-Mercury, and Minimata Disease

I first read (and wrote) about this problem in my final year of undergraduate work (1979-80).  I wrote an essay for Environmental Physiology that looked at the origin of 'Minimata disease' and the circumstances at the Grassy Narrows and Whitedog native reserves.  Caustic soda production upstream lead to severe mercurcy poisoning, similar to effects seen in Minimata District of Japan.   35 years later, this problem, while improving, remains a significant challenge for the local residents.

A Condensed Version of Report 1986-2001

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