Going green, with a large side order of mercury

Reference: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/article2910689.ece?homepage=true
February 20, 2012 | G. Ananthakrishnan | anant@thehindu.co.in

Despite the growing popularity of energy-saving fluorescent lamps, little has been done to address the issue of the safe disposal of the dangerous waste they generate.

Steady release of mercury into the air, soil and water poses a significant health risk. But, it appears, not for policymakers in India. Annually, a large amount of this toxic, complex metal is simply dumped into municipal landfills or released into the air from a “green” source — the millions of fluorescent lamps that are at the forefront of efforts to reduce power demand and carbon emissions.

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Yearly, India’s domestic production of fluorescent tube lights (FTL) and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) involves the use of about eight tonnes of mercury, and imported CFLs, another three tonnes. The Ministry of Environment and Forests … Read More

Continuing Fluorescent Litany, or CFL part 2

2/2/2012 9:59:00 PM | RANDY WEST | Courier Columnist | editorial@prescottaz.com

Last time I wrote about the potential hazard of mercury in compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs. I can’t believe the response from that column. I had at least a dozen phone calls and a few dozen emails – I had to make a CFL folder for all the emails. Most were saying they were unaware of the hazards from a broken CFL bulb. Some were agreeing with me that the government should not be telling us what kind of light bulbs we can use. And a few told me that mercury poisoning is pretty serious. Here’s a sampling:

From Karen: “Thanks for the great article on CFLs. I read a similar article quite awhile ago and have been concerned about using them because of the potential hazards. The … Read More

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As an individual who is very sensitive to fluorescent lighting, I became quite concerned that the HR 6 Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed into law on 19 December 2007, aims to phase out incandescent lighting by 2020. In 2012 the 1st phase is for 100 watt and 75 watt incandescent light bulbs to be banned. By 2014 the 60 watt and 40 watt incandescent light bulbs will be banned.

Prior to the passing of this legislation, Helen Irlen, the world expert in scotopic sensitivity syndrome, made the following statement:

“Nearly one-quarter of the world’s population will suffer negative physical effects if this legislation is allowed to

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