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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Putting the Brakes on Quicksilver: Removing Mercury From Vehicles in Ohio

Putting the Brakes on Quicksilver: Removing Mercury From Vehicles in Ohio

The combination of ongoing fish consumption advisories and significant mercury releases have kept a focus on the importance of programs to reduce and virtually eliminate mercury releases to the environment. These efforts have been increasing in Ohio as well. Ohio has proposed a rule (consistent with federal requirements) to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, although it is not as stringent as plans developed by a number of other states. On the other hand, in January 2007 a mercury products bill was signed that bans or restricts use of mercury in schools and sales or distribution of mercury containing thermometers, thermostats, and novelty items in Ohio. This report addresses an additional important source of mercury, for which a small window of opportunity remains for a simple pollution prevention action: mercury containing switches in vehicles. Written by Michael W. Murray, Ph.D. with research assistance by Knoll Larkin and Liz Szaluta of the University of Michigan. (PDF Format; Length: 24 pages)


National Wildlife Federation

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February 2007

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