San Jose Mercury News – Mercury mystery in Bay Area oil refining:

Hundreds of pounds of mercury from Bay Area oil refineries are unaccounted for and could be flowing into San Francisco Bay every year, poisoning fish and threatening public health, state water regulators said Monday. Until now, old mercury mines in the hills of San Jose and the Sierra Nevada were considered the bay’s main sources of mercury – a neurotoxin that builds up in fish and can cause brain damage in children. But new research by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has concluded that roughly 3,700 pounds of mercury a year are coming into the five Bay Area refineries in crude oil – and nobody knows where it goes after the oil is refined into gasoline.


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