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[GreenYes] Re: mercury from fluorescents

John -

I'm way out of my league here, but wouldn't the EPA number (for
mercury) include all fluorescent lights (like the long white tube
kind, that are fairly ubiquitous) versus the smaller, individual
fixture Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) which are not quite as
mainstream, but are seen as one quick thing an individual can do to
reduce individual energy consumption?

Does EPA break out the source of the Hg (i.e., type of light, etc)?

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On May 10, 2007, at 12:08 PM, Reindl, John wrote:

> 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
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2007 1:51 PM
> To: Doug Koplow
> Cc: bill@no.address; GreenYes@no.address
> Subject: [GreenYes] Re: Ban the Bulb -- But don't create a new
> toxic problem, say local governments
> 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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