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Shareholders Challenge Danaher/Kerr to Phase Out Mercury Tooth Fillings
Date:5/4/2009

ack Obama sponsored the mercury export ban that President Bush signed into law last year. President Obama went on to support the development of a legally binding treaty on mercury in February.

"The dangers of mercury are well-documented, but there is still one industry in the United States that won't let go and that is American dentists who continue to use mercury amalgam fillings," said Charles G. Brown, National Counsel for Consumers for Dental Choice.

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Advocates point out that Kerr also makes all the other dental filling materials, it can sell more resin (now the most common filling material), a more profitable product. Indeed, an analyst's report by Bank of America Securities says dental products manufacturers would be more profitable if amalgam is banned. (www.toxicteeth.org/mercuryfillings_BOAreport.cfm).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dental offices are the third largest user of mercury.EPA (2006) - Roadmap for Mercury p. 36 (http://www.epa.gov/mercury/pdfs/FINAL-Mercury-Roadmap-6-29.pdf)

In 2007, Bender gave testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Domestic Policy of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Environmental Risks of Mercury Dental Fillings: http://mpp.cclearn.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/benders-testimony.pdf.


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