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- Subject: SG-W:/ County mercury thermometer exchange
- From: Mary Beth Doyle <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2002 13:03:39 -0500
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Title: County mercury thermometer
residents will have the chance to exchange their mercury thermometers
for non-mercury containing thermometers. As most people on this
list serve probably know, there are fish consumption advisories on
every Michigan inland lake due to mercury contamination.
Media Contact: Lesia Golden
Date: March 5, 2002
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
allow public to exchange mercury thermometers.
County Consortium of Solid Waste Management and St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital will partner to offer a mercury thermometer exchange program.
The public is invited to bring their mercury thermometers and receive
a free non-mercury fever thermometer - one per household.
A total of 1250 thermometers will be available on a first come first
served basis. Once the 1250 thermometers are gone, the public will not
be able to get a non-mercury thermometer but can still drop off any
old mercury thermometers.
The exchange will begin Tuesday, March 19 and will continue daily from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until all free thermometers have been distributed.
Thermometers can be exchanged at two locations: the outpatient
pharmacy in the Reichert Health Building at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
and at Saint Joseph Mercy Health Stop, the hospital's health
education center located in Briarwood Mall.
The program is being funded by the Washtenaw County Consortium for
Solid Waste Management, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, the Michigan Health
and Hospital Association and the Michigan Department of Environmental
Quality. "The fact that these four organizations have come
together for this program is a demonstration of our commitment to
improving the health of our communities," says Jeff Krcmarik,
Solid Waste Coordinator for Washtenaw County.
Mercury exposure is associated with many adverse health effects
including nervous system and kidney damage and is of particular hazard
to pregnant women. Exposure can occur through absorption through the
skin, ingestion and inhalation of vapors.
Mercury is also a persistent pollutant in the environment and
bioaccumulates in the food chain. At least thirty-nine states have
issued fish consumption advisories. The issue is of particular
importance in Michigan with fish consumption advisories for all the
Great Lakes and virtually all inland lakes.
Mercury reduction has become an important environmental goal. The
American Hospital Association and the Environmental Protection Agency
have agreed to eliminate the use of mercury in health care by the year
2005. Communities across the nation have banned the sale of mercury
thermometers including Boston, San Francisco and Ann Arbor.
"We hope this exchange program will increase the community's
awareness regarding the environmental and public health dangers posed
by mercury use," adds Pierre Gonyon, Hazardous Materials
Specialist with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
For more information about the exchange program, please call Jeff
Krcmarik at (734) 222-6865.
In addition to the thermometer exchange program, Washtenaw County also
offers a Home Toxics Program, which accepts household hazardous waste
from Washtenaw County residents. For complete information on the Home
Toxics Program, visit www.co.washtenaw.mi.us/depts/eis/eismercury.html or call
Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104
734-663-2400 ext 108