Light bulb law brings poison into every house in the nation

March 11, 2011 08:53

“The compact fluorescent lamp contains mercury,” said Branston. “One gram of mercury will pollute a two acre pond. This 2007 light bulb standard brings a deadly poison into every residence in our nation.

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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.

In his testimony, Branston claimed that parts of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act serve as a “de-facto ban on traditional incandescent light bulbs” and that compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs — the most popular alternative to ordinary incandescent bulbs — pose a risk to public health and safety.

“In Idaho, we’ve had a number of instances where they’ve had a mercury spill in a science laboratory — or something in the laboratory in the school — and they immediately closed the school down for, I don’t know, a number of days while they cleaned it up,” he pointed out.

“Can you imagine mercury bulbs throughout a school?  I mean, any time a kid wants a day off he’s going to break a mercury light bulb and that’s going to shut that school down — and if they don’t they’re going to have trouble with the EPA, according to what has to happen to clean it up,” Risch added.


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