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[GreenYes] mercury from fluorescents


According to the mercury flow model done for EPA, the release of mercury from fluorescents to the environment in 2005 in the US is estimated at about 8.2 metric tons, down from 13.7 metric tons in 2000.

All the coal burning power plants in the US emit about 45 metric tons of mercury to the air.

So, fluorescents are not an insignificant source of mercury emissions to the environment.

Please let me know if you would like a copy of the model, which is an Excel spreadsheet.

John Reindl
Dane County, WI

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The ENERGY STAR program has pretty rigorous QA/QC in terms of lumen maintenance and hours of use. If they don't perform, they don't get certified. IF they don't get certified, Wal-Mart won't sell them. Also, the EPACT set up certain hours of use requirmenets for CFL's - I think it is 6000.

Don't forget, as a source of anthropogenic Hg, this is a very small one.







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