WASHINGTON, April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Dental mercury fillings pollute the environment, contaminate fish and are far more costly for taxpayers than the alternative tooth-colored material, according to a new study released today by a broad coalition of health, consumer and environmental groups.[i]

“The report’s findings confirm that amalgam is not the least expensive when the so-called ‘external costs’ are factored in,” said Michael Bender, Director of the Mercury Policy Project.  “And use is still prevalent.  Using data from the American Dental Association, the report found that 32 tons of dental mercury is used annually in the U.S., twice that of current estimates.[ii]”

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