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Hydro Projects Could Boost Methylmercury Levels

Posted December 15, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Microbes convert naturally occurring mercury in the soil into methylmercury when land is flooded, such as when dams are built for hydroelectric projects. As a result, more than 90% of potential Canadian hydroelectric projects are likely to increase concentrations of methylmercury in food webs near indigenous communities, according to Harvard University researchers.


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