Mercury sulfate is used as a catalyst in the production of acetaldehyde from acetylene and water. Methyl mercury is produced as a side product of this conversion. Mercury-containing pollutants from this reaction are held to have caused Minamata disease in Minamata, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.
A Revised Probabilistic Estimate of the Maternal Methyl Mercury Intake Dose Corresponding to a Measured Cord Blood Mercury Concentration
Feb 01, 2005; In 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted a revised reference dose (RfD) for methyl mercury (MeHg) of 0.1...