An alarming number of American auto transport vehicles are still leaking mercury, despite government warnings that mercury levels are on the decline.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, mercury levels in all U.S. cars fell to their lowest levels in more than 30 years in February.
Mercury has long been linked to eye damage and premature death, but now that mercury is linked to all types of diseases, the CDC says more people are dying.
In February, a car full of mercury spilled into a river in Michigan.
The mercury was found in a passenger compartment, and the EPA says the car was being driven on a highway when it spilled.
A study published in Environmental Health Perspectives in April concluded that car pollution and mercury poisoning have become more common in recent years.
The study showed that the increase in mercury exposure from automobiles was greater in the 1980s than in recent decades.
A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that car accidents in the United States have increased since the 1980’s.
The CDC said the increase can be attributed to pollution from automobiles, the use of catalytic converters, emissions control technology, and more.