Category Archives: CFLs & Health Issues

CFL light bulbs are making a terrible mercury pollution problem even worse

An Associated Press story about mercury pollution in the United States has this shocking news: No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 … Continue reading

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Recycle or mutate!

Kate Kelly’s very informative Huffington Post piece about compact flourescent light bulbs tells us this: In 2008 industry experts reported that only 2 percent of all CFL bulbs were being recycled. Fluorescent bulbs that are not recycled go into the … Continue reading

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Dangerous misinformation about mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs

Proponents of compact fluorescent light bulbs often play down the fact that these light bulbs contain mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin.  For example, Cindi Hinton dishes out this nonsense on Examiner.com: They only contain 1.4 to 4 milligrams of mercury. That’s … Continue reading

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A good idea followed by a bad one

Richard Kaplan, the mayor of Lauderhill, Florida, had what he thought was a good idea to reduce his city’s lighting bill.  A story in the Sun Sentinel explains the idea: why not use federal stimulus dollars to pay for swapping … Continue reading

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Canadian eco-terrorism is even worse than we thought

Two days ago we wrote about a Canadian “environmentalist” group’s plan to distribute 2,000 dangerous compact fluorescent light bulbs in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  It turns out we only scratched the surface on Project Porchlight’s attempt to spread hazardous mercury to … Continue reading

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Where to recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs

The Environmental Protection Agency has a useful page on its web site:  “Mercury-Containing Light Bulb (Lamp) Collection and Recycling Programs Where You Live“. Recycling programs are not available in all areas. According to the EPA: Some household hazardous waste collection … Continue reading

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Canadian eco-terrorists target the United States

The Star-Ledger in New Jersey reports what looks like just another feel-good story about eco-nuts giving away free compact fluorescent light bulbs in a misguided attempt to save the planet: A group of Bloomfield environmentalists will knock on township doors … Continue reading

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Eco-hack misleads public on light bulb health hazards

PECO Energy, a Philadelphia-based electric and gas utility, is spending $20 million to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs for free or at heavily discounted prices.  Why?  Because a law signed by Pennsylvania’s governor requires PECO to cut its energy use … Continue reading

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Real environmentalists don’t use compact fluorescent light bulbs

Lots of people use compact fluorescent light bulbs and claim they’re helping the environment.  They’re wrong!  Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, a dangerous water pollutant. “But compact fluorescent light bulbs use less energy than incandescent light bulbs,” say these … Continue reading

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Compact fluorescent light bulbs don’t reduce pollution

Fans of compact fluorescent light bulbs try to shrug off the fact that these dangerous bulbs contain mercury, a substance that’s very hazardous to our health and our environment.  They say that power plants generate mercury, so producing less power … Continue reading

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