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    Default The Mercury Myth: How Much Mercury Do CFLs Actually Contain?

    Matthew Van Dusen
    October 5th, 2011

    (From the website: Txchnologist Sponsored By GE)

    It’s a zombie myth that just won’t stay down: Compact Fluorescent Lamps contain toxic mercury. There is about as much truth to that statement as there is mercury in CFLS — which is to say, trace amounts. CFLs do contain mercury, but in quantities so small that breaking one exposes you, in most cases, to less mercury than eating tuna fish (see below). We consulted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency* and contacted a lighting specialist from General Electric, which sponsors this magazine, in order to take on the issue of mercury in CFLs.

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    Default Re: The Mercury Myth: How Much Mercury Do CFLs Actually Contain?

    Regardless of the amount in each bulb, why should there be ANY of a substance like mercury present in anything for household use especially? Why are the recommendations for clean up of a broken bulb so extreme if the danger is so non-existent. How many people actually recycle them...nope the vast majority go into the trash...just great for the environment. One bulb, insignificant...millions, a whole different story. Honestly, I think this article is probably mostly hogwash fed to the author by the industry. CFLs are also notorious for producing migraines and even seizures in susceptible people. One final thought...the bulbs are made in China. Many leak the whole time they are in use. Nothing is going to convince me these are safe.

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    Default Re: The Mercury Myth: How Much Mercury Do CFLs Actually Contain?

    Well, the article was sponsored by GE.

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    Default Re: The Mercury Myth: How Much Mercury Do CFLs Actually Contain?

    Quote Originally Posted by Katee View Post
    Well, the article was sponsored by GE.
    As always, we must follow the money.

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    Default Re: The Mercury Myth: How Much Mercury Do CFLs Actually Contain?

    I liked the commenter after the article that pointed out how flawed the notion that these will lower the carbon foot print is. He mentioned about the energy required to make them, ship, them and get them back to an authorized drop of place.

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