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  • EPA proposes regulating mercury from coal plants

    03/16/2011 12:23:37 PM PDT · by thackney · 78 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 16, 2011 | Matthew Tresaugue
    Federal environmental regulators proposed new rules today for mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants — a move that could cost industry billions of dollars while preventing thousands of premature deaths a year. The new standards, which the Environmental Protection Agency issued under court order, would require many older power plants to install scrubbers and other pieces of costly equipment to reduce emissions of the pollutants. The EPA estimates the cost of compliance would be more than $10 billion a year for utilities and other operators of power plants but would bring $140 billion in annual health...
  • Expert Warns of Health Risks Associated With New Light Bulb Technology

    03/10/2011 1:55:01 PM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dan Joseph
    ( – A lighting expert who has overseen lighting projects including the Statue of Liberty and the Petronas Towers, expressed concerns on Capitol Hill Thursday about the safety of certain types of new light bulbs. Speaking before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Howard M. Branston spoke out in favor of the "Better Use of Light Bulbs Act" – a measure which would overturn elements of a 2007 law mandating that traditional incandescent light bulbs be phased out over the next few years. In his testimony, Branston claimed that parts of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act...
  • LANL gets machine to crush bulbs (fluorescent bulbs-dispose of as hazardous waste)

    03/08/2011 10:51:38 AM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies
    KRQE TV 13, Albuquerque ^ | March 7, 2011 | AP
    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Los Alamos National Laboratory is increasing its use of a machine to crush fluorescent bulbs. The machine known as the Bulb Eater attaches to the top of a 55-gallon drum and works like a large food processor. Fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury vapor. That means they must be labeled, boxed and disposed of as a type of hazardous waste.
  • Night Sky Query

    01/30/2011 12:40:30 PM PST · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 46 replies
    Another stinkin vanity from Cletus | Star Date 2799.33 | Duh...
    Okay, you FR sky watchers, what is the very bright planet I see each morning as I make my way into the city of Chicago? It is in the SE sky. Just asking and yes, I've checked Uranus...
  • Expert Warns Of Danger In Broken CFL Bulbs

    01/13/2011 9:14:34 PM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    KYW Newsradio ^ | January 13, 2011 | Michelle Durham,
    As incandescent bulbs are phased out across America in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescents (CFL), a Philadelphia environment expert is warning of a potential danger in the bulbs — especially if they are accidentally broken... you need to take special precautions if a CFL bulb breaks. “Open up the windows,” Prof. Ryan advises. “Leave the room for 15 to 20 minutes and let the room air out. There will be a little bit of mercury that will vaporize. Mercury is a toxin and you don’t want to breathe it in... He says if a bulb breaks you should also turn...
  • Move to Undo Protections from Mercury Pollution

    01/11/2011 10:46:30 AM PST · by EBH · 6 replies
    House Republicans have announced a Congressional Review Act resolution that seeks to undo EPA rules to control toxic emissions from cement plants. The rules would reduce cement plants’ emissions of mercury and other toxic substances by more than 90%. EPA scientists have estimated the rules would prevent up to 2,500 premature deaths and thousands of heart and respiratory incidents and save billions of dollars in health costs each year. “Without these important EPA rules, our families will continue to be exposed to mercury and other toxic pollution from the Lafarge plant in Ravena, New York,” said Susan Falzon, with Friends...
  • How fluorescent bulbs ZOTs Spammers;

    01/07/2011 7:37:08 AM PST · by freedomfox · 42 replies
    The Zotted ^ | 01-06-2011 | Kevin Pezzi, ZOT
    Fluorescent and compact fluorescent bulbs can reduce intelligence, impair mood, and otherwise damage your life by releasing mercury, a highly neurotoxic chemical. Why, then, did congressional dimbulbs vote to ban incandescent light bulbs, forcing us to substitute fluorescent ones?
  • CA: State to phase out energy-sucking light bulbs

    12/20/2010 11:29:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 4+ views
    California Watch ^ | 12/20/10 | Susanne Rust
    Say goodbye to your 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. On Jan. 1, it’ll become increasingly challenging to find one on a store shelf in California. That’s because the state has ordered a phaseout of the high energy-consuming light bulb. The state is pressing to have the old incandescents replaced with newer, more efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescents, halogens and light-emitting diode light bulbs, or LEDs. And beginning in 2012, 100-watt incandescents will be off the shelves completely. As is typical, California is getting a jump-start on a trend that will begin nationwide in a few years. Three years ago, the...
  • Queer Results: Mercury in Diet Turns Birds Gay

    12/18/2010 1:58:38 PM PST · by indcons · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Open Magazine ^ | 21-27 Dec 2010 | TCA Sharad Raghavan
    If the birdlife on earth didn’t have enough to worry about, like dwindling habitats, air pollution and the hostile ecosystem of cities, they now have the added perplexity of going gay. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida and Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka found that relatively low doses of methylmercury in the diet of male ibises resulted in their pairing up with each other, snubbing the females, to the extent of building nests together (in other words, moving in together). Methylmercury has been seeping into groundwater from industries for ages now.
  • Upton flips a switch on CFL bulbs--Feeling heat, lawmaker sees light on incandescents

    12/06/2010 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Three years after he led the charge to require consumers to ditch their comfortable old incandescent lights in favor of those twisty CFL bulbs, Rep. Fred Upton now wants to be the man to help undo that law as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That about-face is not unique among lawmakers looking to atone for stances they've taken over the past decade as they seek to gain top posts in a decidedly more conservative Republican Congress, but his reversal underscores how intent the GOP is on proving it has broken with past practices. "We have...
  • Mercury serves up a nuclear surprise - The discovery of a new type of fission turns a...

    12/04/2010 10:40:33 AM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Nature News ^ | 1 December 2010 | Eugenie Samuel Reich
    The discovery of a new type of fission turns a tenet of nuclear theory on its head. The observation of an unexpected nuclear reaction by an unstable isotope of the element mercury has thrown up a rare puzzle. The enigma is helping theorists to tackle one of the trickiest problems in physics: developing a more complete model of the atomic nucleus. Nuclear fission, the process in which a nucleus heavier than that of iron breaks into pieces, is generally observed to be symmetric, with the resulting fragments being roughly equal in size. Although instances of asymmetric fission are known, they...
  • 2011 Automotive Hot List: The Departed... (Discontinued car brand/marques)

    10/02/2010 8:21:28 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 31 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/2/10 | Road and Track staff
    If there’s one constant in this world, it’s this: We live in a world of constant flux. In the automotive world, however, we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing the same group of manufacturers introduce new models each year. You know the names. But for the 2011 model year—thanks largely to the huge economic downturn that began in late 2008—four well-known American nameplates have gone the way of the Edsel, so to speak...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • How many congressmen does it take to screw in a light bulb? (MERCURY may kill your children)

    09/23/2010 11:58:18 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 72 replies
    Daly Caller ^ | 09/23/10 | Alexis Levinson
    If not disposed of properly, CFL light bulbs, which Congress is pushing as a preferable and energy efficient alternative to incandescent bulbs, may poison you, contaminate your food and water supply, destroy the environment and kill your children. If light bulbs were regulated like cigarettes, this is what it might say on the side of the box of “environmentally friendly” bulbs that you just picked up at Target. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 banned almost all use of incandescent bulbs (the normal looking ones that pop up over cartoon characters’ heads in moments of brilliance) by 2014....
  • Thomas Edison, You're Under Arrest

    09/10/2010 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Eco-Extremism: A light bulb factory closes in Virginia as mandated fluorescents are made in China. It's now a crime to make or ship for sale 75-watt incandescent bulbs in the European Union. Welcome to green hell. Thomas Alva Edison was a genius credited with the invention of many things — the phonograph, the motion picture, the incandescent light bulb, global warming. That last credit was given by those who rank light bulbs right up there with the internal combustion engine as ravagers of the planet. The General Electric light bulb factory in Winchester, Va., closed this month, a victim, along...
  • 1961 - Women weren't allowed to rent cars or fly jets or serve as police officers. ????

    07/01/2010 12:18:16 PM PDT · by Liberty Ship · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream by Tanya Stone. At a time when women weren’t allowed to rent a car, play professional sports, fly jets, or serve as police officers, 13 strong women pilots sought the impossible: to be part of the Mercury 13 astronaut program in 1961. Non-Fiction. Lexile n/a.
  • Adieu, Mercury. Which brand’s next? (Ford shutting down Mercury after 71 years)

    06/03/2010 6:31:08 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 48 replies · 945+ views
    MSNBC Online ^ | Paul A. Eisenstein
    Analysts say there are too many brands chasing too few buyers Mercury has come to that big garage in the sky, and there's a convoy behind it of what could be more disappearing brands. After 71 years, the Mercury brand will vanish from the market with little more than a whimper, by the end of the year. The brainchild of automotive pioneer Edsel Ford, Mercury had become little more than an afterthought on the automotive sales charts in recent years, a costly and irrelevant distraction that company officials, after years of debate, finally decided to do away with. The move...
  • Ford to End Mercury Brand This Year, Expand Lincoln

    06/02/2010 5:42:28 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 662+ views
    businessweek ^ | June 02, 2010 | Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co., after selling its European brands, said it will discontinue its 71-year-old Mercury brand by the end of the year and expand its Lincoln lineup with a new small car. Ford’s board voted today to cease production of all four of Mercury’s models in the fourth quarter, Mark Fields, the automaker’s president of the Americas, told reporters. Ford will send letters to 1,712 Mercury dealers this week offering them buyouts and giving some the chance to merge the Lincoln half of their franchise with Ford showrooms, he said.
  • Ford considering fate of Mercury brand

    05/28/2010 6:53:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 413+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 05/28/2010 | Dee-Ann Durbin
    Mercury could soon be the latest Detroit car brand to disappear. Ford Motor Co. is assessing the future of Mercury, although a final decision on whether to kill the brand hasn't yet been made, a person familiar with the company's deliberations said Thursday. The person asked not to be named because the process is ongoing. During a trip to Washington to meet with lawmakers, Ford CEO Alan Mulally declined to discuss Mercury, saying the company has nothing new to announce. He added that Ford is continually reviewing all its brands. Several Lincoln-Mercury dealers contacted Thursday evening said they hadn't heard...
  • Ford Said to Plan End of Forgotten Mercury After Seven Decades

    05/27/2010 1:10:15 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies · 1,471+ views ^ | 5-27-2010 | By Keith Naughton
    Ford Motor Co. is preparing to wind down the Mercury line, created in 1939 by Edsel Ford, after sales plunged 74 percent since 2000, said two people familiar with the plan. The automaker’s top executives are preparing a proposal to kill Mercury to be presented to directors in July, said the people, who asked not to be indentified revealing internal discussions. Mercury, losing two of four models next year, will be starved of products and promotion, the people said. Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally emphasized the automaker’s namesake brand as he revived the only major U.S. automaker to avoid bankruptcy....