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Catch The Fever - Michigan Mercury Thermometer Exchange Program (Mmte)


Project Information

Award Amount:$68,159.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:1/24/00-9/30/04
URL:n/a
Description:Summary:
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) offered digital thermometers as an incentive for the public to turn in their mercury fever thermometers. MDEQ provided educational materials describing the dangers of mercury when spilled in the household, and its subsequent adverse impacts on the environment.

This project also provided for the proper disposal of reclaimed mercury thermometers, liquid elemental mercury and a large list of other mercury-containing devices that were turned in during the thermometer exchange events.

Representatives from Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA)and Michigan Association for Local Public Health MALPH) helped administer this program.

Environmental Results/Products:
Over 31,000 digital thermometers were purchased and distributed during this program. Sixty-six different groups and organizations have hosted thermometer exchanges throughout Michigan. This number continues to grow as matching funds are returned and as others donate supporting funds to the program.

As a result of this program in Michigan a member of the Michigan Senate helped pass through a bill in Michigan’s state legislature that would ban the sale of mercury thermometers in Michigan. The senator specifically mentioned the ‘free’ thermometer exchange opportunities for the public (throughout the state). The provisions of Public Act 578 of 2002 took effect on January 1, 2003, which prohibits the sale of mercury thermometers of any type in Michigan.

Products/Reports

There are no reports associated with this project.


Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.


Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Primary Contact

Environmental Science & Services Division
PO Box 30457
Lansing, Michigan 30457
p: 800-662-9278
Individual Contacts


Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Michigan Association for Local Public Health (MALPH) - Partner

P.O. Box 13276
Lansing, Michigan 48901
p: (517) 485-0660
f: (517) 485-6412

Michigan Ground Water Stewardship Clean Sweep Program - Partner

Michigan

Michigan Health and Hospital Association - Partner

6215 W. St. Joseph Highway
Lansing, Michigan 48917
p: 517-323-3443
f: 517-323-0946

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