Seems the more we test Utah waters for mercury, the more mercury contaminated
waters we find. Utah's Department of Environmental Quality's budget
needs to be significantly increased to enable it to do its job.
Consider the following. Mercury levels are too high in Utah waterways. More
homes and businesses are installing CFL lights which contain Mercury. Accidents,
fires and careless disposal allows Mercury to escape from the CFL's and
enter the environment. The Mercury is picked up by moisture on the ground and
air, falls back in the form of rain and adds more Mercury to our waterways.
There are those will argue the amounts of Mercury in CFL's are small, but
as evidenced by this report and tons of others, Mercury is cumulative and
extremely toxic in very small amounts. It's an element. It doesn't
break down into something else. It only combines with other substances. Does
anyone else see the insanity in promoting the use of CFL's?
Slow down there, Ett. Did you miss the part where the article stated
"Mercury is a naturally occurring element."?Also, quoting from an
article found on energystardotgov (hyperlinks are not allowed here);
"Electricity use is the main source of mercury emissions in the U. S....CFLs
use less electricity than incandescent lights, meaning CFLs reduce the amount of
mercury into the environment."Nope - no insanity here.
Just don't let your kids break open the old glass thermometers and play
with the mercury.Although it was entertaining to watch way back when, no
one had any idea what would transpire for the kids who found it to be a fun
pastime, frequently having the mercury in their hands. Mercury toxicity
led to very serious health issues later in life these individuals.
ett, I agree with you and think it is very ironic that the federal government
has pushed incandesent lights into the scrap head by federal mandate. I have
CFL's in my home, because I can't buy the other kind. and, yes, they
are considered to be toxic waste and shouldn't be thrown in the landfill.