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Re: Anyone know the chemicals in digital thermometers?

Gee, Dan, I see that you really lit up the board with this one!  While I admit that it's bad form to attempt to answer one question with another, I have to ask this one: Does your question imply that it might be helpful from a public policy standpoint to distinguish THE MERCURY PROBLEM from "health risks to individuals due to accidental breakage of fever thermometers in a household or medical setting?"  Or do the answers lie in the questions?

Dan Kraybill <dankray@wmrc.uiuc.edu>
Sent by: owner-p2tech@great-lakes.net

05/16/2001 09:20 AM
Please respond to Dan Kraybill

        To:        Diane Buxbaum/R2/USEPA/US@EPA, p2tech@great-lakes.net
        Subject:        Re: Anyone know the chemicals in digital thermometers?

I have to ask the question. How much do mercury fever thermometers actually
contribute to the total mercury burden on the environment? Where do they
fit compared to, say, coal fired power plants? Does their elimination have
substantive impact on the environment?

Dan Kraybill
Waste Management and Research Center

At 04:53 PM 5/15/01 -0400, Buxbaum.Diane@epamail.epa.gov wrote:
>Do not want to encourage hospitals to give out what may be as harmful as Hg
>Diane D. Buxbaum, MPH
>US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
>Compliance Assistance and Program Support Branch
>290 Broadway, 21st Floor, East
>New York, New York 10007
>212-637-3919 (fax 212-637-4086)