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Manufactured Fear Drives Needless Regulations

Diogenese_wy Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 12:43 AM
If the EPA is so concerned about the environment why haven't they gone after the compact fluorescent bulbs that contain powered mercury and are being dumped into our land fills by the millions? And the dumping will increase because Congress mandated the phase out of incandescent and the only alternative are the carcinogenic gas spewing CFLs. This is an ecological disaster in the making courtesy of your local environmentalist and the EPA trying to save a penny of electricity. Stupid is as stupid does.
slk Wrote: Sep 28, 2012 4:18 PM
Their answer is that the coal fired power plant creating the electricity spews out mercury, so the amount in the bulbs is very small in comparison. I'm not clear on ground water contamination possibilities from the power plant discharge, but that is the concern with landfills. Actually, businesses have dumped fluorescent bulbs for years- in landfills. No one talked about it before the CFLs. Is it really a problem? Maybe not when few people and businesses were using them, but sheer quantity now is certainly problematic. And no, Congress does not care.
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