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EPA funding aims to reduce mercury exposure from Great Lakes fish

The Great Lakes
The Great Lakes

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's health agency is getting a million federal dollars to help reduce people's exposure to mercury and other toxins by eating fresh fish from the Great Lakes. 

The EPA awarded a total of $3.6 million for the health departments in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin -- plus Cornell University. That school is working on a project to reduce toxic mercury exposure among urban anglers and fish-eaters in the Great Lakes region. 

The funding comes from the government's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

EPA regional administrator Susan Hedman says significant progress has been made to cut mercury exposure to fish consumers. However, she says 10 percent of babies born along the Lake Superior North Shore still have mercury levels above EPA recommendations.