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[GreenYes] Re: mercury from fluorescents

I¹m not following this issue yet close enough, but wouldn¹t most of the
fluorescent mercury be coming from tube lamps still? Don¹t we have about the
3-5 years before we see the problem with CFLs? And isn¹t this a matter of
education and enforcement of the commercial sector where the predominant
population of fluorescent tubes is found? They don¹t circumvent CERCLA the
way residential does. Just asking? The number of businesses I see weekly
that don¹t have a fluorescent lamp recycling program is staggering.

David Biddle, Executive Director
Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling Council
P.O. Box 4037
Philadelphia, PA 19118

215-247-3090 (desk)
215-432-8225 (cell)


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on 5/10/07 3:08 PM, Reindl, John at Reindl@no.address 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-----
>> From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address]On Behalf
>> Of daklute@no.address
>> 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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