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The mercury in light bulbs you must purchase thanks to the government?

The new light bulbs have lots more mercury in them . If they break your suppose to leave the room for a time.

With everyone from Al Gore to Wal-Mart to the Environmental Protection Agency promoting CFLs as the greatest thing since, well, the light bulb, consumers have been left in the dark about a problem they will all face eventually – how to get rid of the darn things when they burn out or, worse yet, break.

There is no problem disposing of incandescents when their life is over. You can throw them in the trash can and they won’t hurt the garbage collector. They won’t leech deadly compounds into the air or water. They won’t kill people working in the landfills.

The same cannot be said about the mercury-containing CFLs. They bear disposal warnings on the packaging. But with limited recycling prospects and the problems experienced by Brandy Bridges sure to be repeated millions of times, some think government, the green community and industry are putting the cart before the horse marketing the new technology so ferociously.

When the bulb she was installing in a ceiling fixture of her 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom crashed to the floor and broke into the shag carpet, she wasn’t sure what to do. Knowing about the danger of mercury, she called Home Depot, the retail outlet that sold her the bulbs.

According to the Ellison American, the store warned her not to vacuum the carpet and directed her to call the poison control hotline in Prospect, Maine. Poison control staffers suggested she call the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

The latter sent over a specialist to test the air in her house for mercury levels. While the rest of the house was clear, the area of the accident was contaminated above the level considered safe. The specialist warned Bridges not to clean up the bulb and mercury powder by herself – recommending a local environmental cleanup firm.

That company estimated the cleanup cost, conservatively, at $2,000. And, no, her homeowners insurance won’t cover the damage.

Since she could not afford the cleanup, Bridges has been forced to seal off her daughter’s bedroom with plastic to avoid any dust blowing around. Not even the family pets are permitted in to the bedroom. Her daughter is forced to sleep downstairs in an overcrowded household.

She has continued to call public officials for help – her two U.S. senators included. So far, no one is beating down Bridges’ door to help – not even Al Gore, whose Academy Award-winning movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” urges everyone to change to CFLs to save the planet from global warming.

Bridges is not alone.

Elizabeth Doermann of Vanderbilt, Tenn., had a similar experience. After her CFL bulb broke – because the cat knocked over a lamp – she didn’t call Home Depot. Instead, she did what she had always done when old-fashioned incandescent bulbs had broken. She vacuumed up the mess.

Only then did she learn about the mercury hazard.

“If I had known it had mercury in it, I would have been a lot more careful,” she told the Tennessean. “I wouldn’t have vacuumed it up. That blew the mercury probably all through the house.”

The warnings on the packages of some of the new bulbs are in fine print – hard to read. They are also voluntary, with many bulbs being sold and distributed with no disposal warnings at all.

Charmain Miles of Toronto, Canada, had another frightening experience

Last month she smelled smoke on the second floor of her home, only to discover it was emanating from a new energy-efficient bulb.

“I was horrified,” she told a local TV station. “I went through every place upstairs and took out every bulb.”

The bulb had been placed in a track-lighting fixture. Though the bulb contained no warning about such fixtures, it turns out CFLs are not for use in track, recessed or dimmer fixtures.

And while the Consumers Council of Canada advises not to purchase any package of CFL bulbs that contains no instructions, the entire country is on a timetable to eliminate entirely the only alternative – the incandescent bulb.

In fact, practically the whole world – fearing global warming – is getting ready to ban the incandescent light bulb. It started in Cuba, moved to Venezuela, then Australia, Canada and the European Union. Now individual states in the U.S., including California, Connecticut, North Carolina and Rhode Island, are all in the process of legislating an end to Edison’s greatest invention. Even local towns and cities are getting into the act.

Many reports now

Also radiation levels--the government says no worst than a microwave. I don't sit by my microwave for hours.

Does our government even read warnings at all or just saying it's green and I will vote for you is enough?


The question is at bottom. And there are reports of injury pouring in -read the web. If it were something else it would be taken off the market

Does our government even read warnings at all or just saying it's green and I will vote for you is enough?

6 Answers

  • 9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I read the whole post in answer to your question, no they probably don't look far to see the dangers. And saying green sucks in many people. Just say the word and many jump on it as if its good.

    Orange Evil has a better question to that, also Sir . This shouldn't be allowed at all this mandate by the present government. A few gave some thought to add to your post.

    I did see some pictures on the web of spreading burns just from walking in a once spill. And thats scary.I suggest everyone read more on it and not just accept certain opinions. And look at the pictures of those who were hurt.

    Our fire department actually put a warning out on it

    Also saw how others in government and some who don't look trying to play it's dangers down. Another environmental horror created by a now stupid government

  • 9 years ago

    I don't think you're asking the right question. The right question is: does the government genuinely care about environmental protections or is environmentalism mostly a convenient excuse the government uses to favor certain competitors and bully others out of business? I think it's the latter and why a free market DEMANDS that government stop picking winners and losers. When the government makes a law like this, all it does is centralize stupidity.

  • 9 years ago

    Everyone who has broken one of these bulbs needs to call the fire dept or some other agency to have them clean up the mess. I hoarded enough of the regular bulbs to almost last me a lifetime. I hate those cfl bulbs. I did break one but I just swept it up, put in the trash and off to the landfill it went. So if the gov insists we buy these things then they need a full time crew to clean up broken ones.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Since you did not actually ask a realistic question I will tell you that you are full of crud.

    The mercury in that bulb is not going to kill you. I know. I have broken many of them.

  • Sir C
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    The question is, must we tolerate anymore dictorial government mandates not related to State level when the federal level is usurping their power to rule?

  • 9 years ago

    Nice worthless rant. Now, do you have a QUESTION??

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