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Mercury testing means chopping your locks


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Some Cape Fear residents are now missing a chunk of hair... but they're one step closer to finding out how much mercury is in their bodies.

The hair testing is a national effort by the Sierra Club with local help from Stop Titan Action Network. According to North Carolina Sierra Club's Carina Barnett-Loro, one in six women have enough mercury in their bodies to harm their unborn children.

The Sierra Club and Stop Titan are trying to raise awareness about the harmful effects of mercury and the potential hazards of the Titan Cement plant.

"One is in the combustion of fossil fuels, so in their case, of coal, and then there's also mercury released in the limestone mixing process. So, coal-fired power plants obviously admit a lot of mercury as well, but with cement kilns, you sort of have the double-whammy of both the coal and the limestone,” said Barnett-Loro.

Hair samples are being sent to the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Lab for testing. Curious citizens should have their results in a month.

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