Source: United States Geological Survey
Who: The nation's top environmental mercury scientists and land and resource managers
What: 2004 Mercury Workshop Topic: Science of mercury and resource management
Where: U.S. Geological Survey 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr. Reston, VA Directions: http://mac.usgs.gov/mac/visitors/
When: August 17-18, 2004
Why: The large geographic scope and consequences of mercury contamination and the enormous complexity of its interaction with the environment have prompted leading mercury researchers and federal land managers to take a hard look at the problem. Where does mercury come from? What are its effects on wildlife, water, and people? What direction should future research efforts take? Improved information on mercury sources, cycling and toxicity will help land and resource managers understand what can be done to reduce mercury hazards to people and the environment.
Note to Reporters: To schedule an interview with a scientist, call Diane Noserale on 703-648-4333 or AB Wade on 703-648-4483.
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