A Hairy Situation: Sierra Club Mercury hair-testing tomorrow


As a mom you may not have the time to go to the salon for a wash/cut/blowdry, but tomorrow’s Sierra Club event at Ego Hair Salon in Ardmore is one you’ll want to fit into your schedule. Brune will not be offering style advice, instead he’ll be collecting hair samples to test mercury levels.

Why is this important?

This year, the EPA is expected to release an updated air quality standard for life-threatening air pollution from power plants – which includes the emission of mercury. This new report is being released because, according to the EPA, at least 1 in 12 and even as many as 1 in 6 American women have been exposed to enough mercury to put their babies and themselves at risk. In Philadelphia, the GeNon Portland coal-fired power plant is of particular concern, as it releases about 140 pounds of mercury each year.

By getting tested you can help bring more awareness to this wide-spread issue and offer yourself some piece of mind. Here are the details:

What: Mercury hair-testing event sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Clean Air Council, and PennEnvironment
Who: Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, local women concerned about mercury pollution, and an MD from Physicians for Social Responsibility
When: Wednesday March 16th, Noon ET
Where: Ego Hair Salon, 9 W Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003