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Re: mercury disposition



It also brings up the point that removing mercury containing devices that
are in working order and not currently exposed to the environment seems
counter-productive to P2 - as it then just increases the potential for
contamination throught the handling process.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kelly Moran" <kmoran@tdcenvironmental.com>
To: <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: mercury disposition


> The fundamental question inherent in this discussion is whether it is
> appropriate for agencies seeking to reduce or eliminate use of mercury
> products to tell people disposing of unwanted mercury that the most
> environmentally sound disposal method involves recycling of mercury into
> new mercury-containing products.  When I've had to tell residents and
> businesses that the fate of the mercury they are removing is that it
> will be recycled into new mercury-containing products, they have laughed
> and then become discouraged as to whether their personal efforts will
> have a meaningful environmental benefit.  These reactions don't help the
> effort to reduce human and environmental exposures to mercury.
>
> If the goal is to avoid use of mercury containing products, it doesn't
> seem logical to encourage recycling for reuse.  It would be great to be
> able to point to another environmentally sound alternative.
>
> Kelly Moran
> TDC Environmental
>
> Sue Schauls wrote:
>
> >Check out the Wisconsin DNR's mercury information website - it is the
best
> >resources on the web in my opinion:
>
>http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/cea/assistance/mercury/thermostat/contr
actor.htm
> >
> >Then look at the Thermostat Recycling Corporation's free service at
> >http://www.nema.org/index_nema.cfm/664
> >The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), a not-for-profit corporation
> >owned by three NEMA member companies, facilitates the collection by HVAC
> >wholesalers from contractors of all brands of used, wall-mounted
> >mercury-switch thermostats so that the mercury can be purified for
re-use.
> >
> >----- Original Message ----- 
> >From: "Kathy Barwick" <KBarwick@dtsc.ca.gov>
> >To: <p2tech@great-lakes.net>
> >Cc: "Mary Pride" <mkpride@dtsc.ca.gov>
> >Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 11:39 AM
> >Subject: mercury disposition
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >>Hi everyone. I'm working on a SEP where we expect the facility to change
> >>out mercury switches containing a total of 30 to 50 pounds of mercury.
> >>I'm wondering if we should be specifying anything in the settlement
> >>requiring the facility to ensure the mercury that is removed is
> >>sequestered or otherwise taken out of commerce.
> >>
> >>What are we (p2 community) telling people to do with the mercury we're
> >>removing from the environment?
> >>
> >>Thanks much for any assistance. . .
> >>
> >>Kathy Barwick
> >>Sacramento Region Pollution
> >>    Prevention Coordinator
> >>Dept. of Toxic Substances Control
> >>(916) 255-6421
> >>fax (916) 255-3595
> >>
> >>
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