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The Mercury Study Report to Congress states that 150 tons of mercury are released to the environment every year, year after year.
There is ample evidence that mercury levels in the environment are increasing. One of the most telling indicators is the trend in mercury fishing advisories. In 1993, 27 states had issued health advisories warning the public about consuming mercury-tainted fish. In 1997, this had grown to 39 states. We are going in the wrong direction.
Forest fires and other blazes in the United States likely release about 30 percent as much mercury as the nation's industrial sources, according to initial estimates in a new study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Fires in Alaska, California, Oregon, Louisiana, and Florida emit particularly large quantities of the toxic metal, and the Southeast emits more than any other region, according to the research.
More than 100 tons of mercury are used annually by dentists in the United States.
At least 2,700 tons of mercury are released into the atmosphere each year from the oceans and the Earth’s crust.
Should I be concerned about using CFLs in my home?
CFLs are safe to use in your home. No mercury is released when the bulbs are in use and they pose no danger to you or your family when used properly.
The most common way Americans are exposed to mercury is through tuna fish.
Originally posted by NoJoker13
Fact is they do cut down energy costs and last 10X longer.
Originally posted by CASH69
It has also been rumored that these new "mercury" bulbs,actually contain no mercury at all,and that the big electric company's are pushing this idea that the bulbs are bad because,their bulbs burn more electric power,which means you pay more on your electric bill,than gives big electric more money. Is this some kind of smoke screen? Can any ATSers actually test one of these bulbs? Conspiracy?
Originally posted by AnonymousMoose
Originally posted by whskybarjm
the amount of merc is so small it takes thousands and thousands to amount to one ioata of a problem. To combat this, it is called recycleing, which you all wanted in the first place. You want to save energy, then use these lamps and recycle them when their life is up. That is what you wanted, to save energy. Do you realize how much energy is saved if every household uses at least one of these lamps.
There are millions of households using these bulbs. Nobody knows of any recycling programs for these pieces of hazardous waste. As stated in a recent reply most people toss them out, even though it is illegal to do so in my state. There are no recycling programs for them, no information, no enforcement of the law against tossing them out. Most people simply do not know...and tossing them in with other recyclables would be turning everyday cans/bottles/paper into deadly toxic waste
Originally posted by whskybarjm
I just moved out of this country...
...hey! problem solved...who's next?
Originally posted by AllseeingEYE
I didn't read every post on every page of this thread, but I didn't notice anyone ask if this is true. Is their really mercury in these bulbs? If so, says who? I'm not disputing the fact, merely asking if this is rumour or fact.