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Re: E-M:/ Ford and Other Automakers Urged to Replace MercurySwitches



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Enviro-Mich message from Charles Griffith <charlesg@ecocenter.org>
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nope, no word from granholm's office.


At 5:36 PM -0400 7/2/01, Matthew R. Abel wrote:
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>Enviro-Mich message from "Matthew R. Abel" <attorneyabel@mediaone.net>
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>There is a blank line where Michigan would be listed.
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>Has A.G. Granholm signed on?
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>Matt Abel
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>Charles Griffith wrote:
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>>  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MONDAY, JULY 2
>>
>>  FOR MORE INFORMATION:
>>  Charles Griffith, Ecology Center, 734-663-2400 x116
>>  Michael Bender, Mercury Policy Project, 802-223-9000
>>  Dean Menke, Environmental Defense, 202-387-3500 x138
>>
>>  ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS CALL ON AUTOMAKERS TO REPLACE TOXIC MERCURY
>>  Groups Applaud Similar Call To Ford By State Attorneys General
>>
>>  (July 2, 2001 -- Washington)  The Clean Car Campaign, with the support
>>  of 26 environmental organizations, today called on Ford and other
>>  automakers to remove toxic mercury from vehicles in for service,
>>  repair, or recall.  The Campaign also endorses a similar call by 26
>>  state attorneys general urging Ford to remove mercury-containing
>>  devices as part of their Firestone tire recall. Mercury is a potent
>>  toxic chemical that causes brain, lung and kidney damage in humans.
>>  The substance has been used in switches for hood and trunk convenience
>>  lighting, and in other devices, becoming a contaminant when vehicles
>>  are scrapped.
>>
>>  The Clean Car Campaign today sent letters to the heads of Ford,
>>  DaimlerChrysler and GM asking the auto industry to show leadership in
>>  getting the toxic substance out of the environment by having dealers
>>  remove switches for free when vehicles come in for service.  "It's
>>  time for automakers to take responsibility for the environmental
>>  hazards of their vehicles," said Charles Griffith, Auto Project
>>  Director at the Ecology Center.  "By replacing these mercury switches
>>  they can protect the environment and consumers with a simple,
>>  affordable fix."
>>
>>  Twenty-six state attorneys general today sent a letter to Ford's
>>  Chairman and CEO (William Clay Ford, Jr. and Jacques Nasser) asking
>>  the company to replace mercury lighting switches in vehicles recalled
>>  to replace Firestone tires. "New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer
>>  and the other attorneys general should be commended for their
>>  leadership in promoting a workable plan to recover automotive
>>  mercury," said Michael Bender, Director of the Mercury Policy Project.
>>
>>  The AG's recommended replacements would remove up to 2.5 tons of
>>  mercury from the environment.   "Ford could show real leadership among
>>  automakers by replacing not just the tires but also the toxic
>>  mercury," said Dean Menke, an engineer with Environmental Defense.
>>
>>  Concerns about exposure to mercury have grown in recent years, with
>>  many states and stores banning mercury thermometers.  More than forty
>>  states have issued fish consumption advisories for mercury, and the
>>  National Academy of Sciences 2000 mercury report found that more than
>>  60,000 children may suffer from exposure to mercury while the womb.
>>  Mercury can cause neurological problems that range from mild learning
>>  disabilities to mental retardation.  The most recent data from the
>>  Centers for Disease Control indicates that as many as one in ten women
>>  of childbearing age are at risk of having newborns with neurological
>>  problems.
>>
>>  Despite growing concerns about the fate of mercury devices now
>>  contained in automobiles, very little has been done to date to rectify
>>  the problem, and automakers have generally pushed the problem off on
>>  auto dismantlers to deal with.  The Campaign proposes a national
>>  program for collecting up to 90% of the mercury switches now on the
>>  road, that includes working with both auto dealers and recyclers.  The
>>  plan seeks to maximize the recovery of mercury by getting automakers
>  > to start with their own dealers to remove and replace the switches
>>  whenever a vehicle is brought in to be serviced or is recalled.
>>  The Campaign released two reports earlier this year that document the
>>  continued use of mercury in automobiles and show automobiles to be one
>>  of the nation's largest sources of airborne mercury emissions, just
>>  behind power plants and incinerators.  Estimates suggest that up to 10
>>  tons of toxic mercury may be released each year when vehicles are
>>  scrapped; nearly 200 tons of mercury are contained in vehicles
>>  currently on the road.  The full text of the studies, as well as the
>>  letters being sent today, can be found at:
>>  http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/mercury.html
>>
>>  The Clean Car Campaign is a national campaign coordinated by state,
>>  regional and national environmental organizations promoting a clean
>>  revolution in the motor vehicle industry.  For more information,
>>  please visit the campaign's website, at:
>>  http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/
>>
>>  ####
>>
>>  AG's Urging Ford to Replace Mercury Switches
>>
>>  Alabama
>>  California
>>  Colorado
>>  Connecticut
>>  Florida
>>  Georgia
>>  Hawaii
>>  Illinois
>>  Iowa
>>  Maine
>>  Maryland
>>  Massachusetts
>>
>>  Minnesota
>>  Montana
>>  Nevada
>>  New Hampshire
>>  New Jersey
>>  New York*
>>  Northern Mariana Islands
>>  Puerto Rico
>>  Rhode Island
>>  South Dakota
>>  Tennessee
>>  Vermont
>>  Virgin Islands
>>  West Virginia
>>  --
>>  _____________________________
>>  Charles Griffith, Auto Project Director
>>  Ecology Center
>>  117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI  48104
>>  Ph: 734/663-2400, x116  /-2414  fx.
>>  Email:  charlesg@ecocenter.org
>>
>>  Want to show your support for greener vehicles?  Sign the Clean Car
>>  Pledge, at: http://www.cleancarcampaign.org/pledge.html
>
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Charles Griffith, Auto Project Director
Ecology Center
117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI  48104
Ph: 734/663-2400, x116  /-2414  fx.
Email:  charlesg@ecocenter.org

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