Skip to comments.Vermont governor to sign mercury lamp recycling bill (Yeah! Guess who pays for it...)
Posted on 05/21/2011 6:06:49 AM PDT by Libloather
Vt. governor to sign mercury lamp recycling bill
May 19, 2011
MONTPELIER, Vt.Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to signed a bill calling on manufacturers of light bulbs containing mercury to set up and pay for a recycling program for the bulbs.
When Shumlin signs the bill Thursday, Vermont will become the third state in the country -- behind Maine and Washington -- to pass what's called a producer responsibility law for mercury-containing products.
Lamps containing mercury, including compact fluorescent bulbs, are praised for saving energy. But mercury is a known nerve poison and is a cause of concern when released into the environment.
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>> manufacturers of light bulbs containing mercury to set up and pay for a recycling program for the bulbs
Do the Chinese respect Vermont law? This should be interesting.
Maybe we can send those freighters BACK to china loaded with used CFLs.
On the other hand, maybe the Chinese will tell Vermont to go pound sand. Incandescents will be illegal, CFLs will be illegal, you can’t burn candles because of globull warming... everything in Vermont will shut down at dark.
Nine months later, the population of Vermont will explode!
I buy them on sale and they do save me money on power...which is my only reason for buying them...
we need to look towards Germany....when incandescent bulbs were banned there...some clever entrepreneurs re marketed them as small heaters...(kind of like you would use in a poultry incubator)....I dont use incandescent bulbs that much, but I do demand the govt keeps their hands off of them....
Why not just ban the mercury bulbs?
Or ban stupidity?
So the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FORCES manufacturers to make these things and then the STATE GOVERNMENT FORCES manufacturers to clean up after them when they burn out.
When will somebody say “no” to the nanny state?
vt already subsidizes their sale.
so sales are high. this increases makers exposure.
The government passes laws which require higher usage of CFLs, then passes more laws saying that the private companies producing the very product which government is forcing us to rely on, are responsible for the unintended consequences of the laws passed by the government.
I currently have 5 different brands sitting in my closet and I just checked and none of them have those brand names.
my bulbs were made by good old Chinese slave labor.
I have found that the ones outside and the ones in my bathroom have much shorter life spans than are claimed...I suppose the dampness is getting into the electronics...
That's where the one I accidentally broke went, to their credit, I haven't had one actually die yet and I've been using them for a couple of years. I use them in some areas of my house but in others, it will always be the good old 100 watt old style. I'm well on my way to having a life time supply and like every other conservative here, I detest government telling me what kind of bulbs I must use.
OTH, I have two wall lamps in one hall way that have the same 75 watt bulbs in them since I moved in almost 20 years ago.
“...Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is going to signed a bill calling on manufacturers of light bulbs containing mercury to set up and pay for a recycling program for the bulbs...”
Sounds like just some more liberal “feel good” legislation since none of these bulbs are manufactured in Vermont.
I have found that the ones outside (latern over my front doors etc) and the ones in my bathroom have much shorter life spans than are claimed...I suppose the dampness is getting into the electronics...
when I had my kitchen remodeled 2 years ago the electrician put in halogen flood lights, in the 7 high hats....
not only did they make my electric meter spin like a top, I had to open windows in the winter because it was too hot to stay in the kitchen....those halogens were replaced with CF Floods....
This is a great law, I’m totally for it. Mercury powder in light bulbs is rediculously stupid. Everyone just throws them in the trash, which then gets crush by the compacter on the street, and you’re children are playing in mercury dust outside all day long, this is giant ecological disaster and should be outlawed. We took one of the most dangerous substances on earth, encased it in 1/16th inch of glass, and put 20 or 30 of them in every home. Now, we just crush them in the garbage trucks out on the street and don’t think we, or our children are gonig to suffer mercury poisoning ...
I have a 5 year supply of the good old fashioned kind.
I keep stock piling ‘til it’s a 20 year supply.
If you are really interested in an over-the-top we’re all doomed cause to run around panicing about, may I suggest Global Warming?
This sounds okay to me. It’s a small state, so they can do things that larger ones can’t. And part of its state resources are its natural beauty and resort areas and skiing and whatnot, so they have a larger stake in keeping their state environmentally sound and healthy.
I’m remembering decades ago when “greenies” were warning about the release of mercury in oceans and waterways and the harm it could cause. Others decried that as false panic, lies, etc. Fast forward decades: The mercury has in fact caused harm; pregnant women are not supposed to eat fish, and other people are supposed to limit tuna and other kinds of fish to twice a week or something....because the fish are poisoned with mercury.
Mercury’s very dangerous, it seems.
I use both incandescent and CFLs in my house. But I just throw them both away when they burn out. I didn’t know I was supposed to do anything special with them. I mean, what could I do with them? Drive miles away to dispose of one light bulb?
You must realize what constitutes the word Vermonters.
This state has been socialized for years.
They are so poor that they cannot live without taxpayer dollars or they are so rich they don’t care.
Be on a border state on a Saturday afternoon. Vermont plates out number New Hampshire plates 3 to 1.
vt subsidizing means they have less money for other state projects... which means they will get more from the fed... which means i pay more into the fed
i’m so glad i’m paying for the stupid light bulbs for the people of vt and other progressive states /sarc
please explain to me again... since when do i have the duty to pay for other peoples stuff? i’m ok with the infrastructure... but their stuff?
and exactly why am *i* paying for people’s stuff... but other people are not? how exactly does that jive with ‘all people are created equal’?
progressives and the politically favored are more equal?
and why do we have to worry about mercury....its all because of big brother governement. Everytime the federal governement does us a “mandatory favor” like forcing us to buy special toxic light bulbs with no alternatives, we end up paying for it.
you’re basically correct BUT it can mean out of state property owners WILL be taxed more. Also the feds don’t always pay currently for spending. Now it gets passed on to our kids and grandkids. you have a bad attitude. this practice does jibe with take from the haves and give to the havenots ;-(
"Environmentalists" now think mercury is good and carbon dioxide is bad.
When someone came up with the inane concept of land fills....they assured everyone that they were properly lined and that the surrounding area was completely protected from contamination.Now, however, they warn against caustic and dangerous fluids, paint, mercury, medicines, etc. etc. that have to be separately disposed of...pathetic.