pregnant lady statueIt’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a spray-painted pregnant mannequin bestowed to uncomfortable chlor-alkalai chlorine plant executives …

Five days before the Oscars, Oceana announced the winners of the inaugural Masters of Making Mercury in the Environment (MOMMIE) Awards, celebrating America’s chlorine plants for outstanding achievement in the field of poisoning our tuna fish sandwiches. In 2004, the FDA advised women who might become pregnant, women who are pregnant, nursing mothers and young children to limit their consumption of certain types of seafood to prevent mercury contamination.

Most people remain unaware that a small subset of the chlorine industry makes a major — and completely preventable — contribution to the global mercury crisis. Oceana has been working to convince nine chlorine companies to go mercury free since early 2005. Of these “naughty nine,” four plants have stopped using the outdated technology.

Read all about an awards moment that was even more uncomfortable than David Letterman’s ill-fated “Uma … Oprah … Oprah … Uma” monologue.

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