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Disposal and Recycling Options for Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet provides guidance for proper disposal and recycling of mercury and mercury-containing devices for K-12 schools, based upon New York regulations. New York State and New York City contact information is also provided. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/disposal.pdf

Doctors, Children's Advocates, Public Health Organizations and Hospitals Announce Support for (IL) Governor's Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan [PDF]
Abstract: A strong coalition of doctors, children's advocates, public health organizations and hospitals have commended Illinois Governor Blagojevich's new mercury pollution reduction plan and announced their support. They then called on the CEOs of companies owning Illinois coal plants to reduce the mercury pollution from their coal plants by 90 percent by June 30, 2009 as provided in the Governor's plan. Press release from Environmental Law and Policy Center. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Environmental Law and Policy Center
URL: http://www.stopmercurypollution.org/documents/mercury_pressr
elease_01-11-06.pdf

Environmental Law and Policy Center: Stop Mercury Pollution Now!
Abstract: This portion of the Environmental Law and Policy Center web site provides details on Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's Mercury Pollution Reduction Plan, which proposes standards to require coal fired power plants to reduce mercury pollution by 90% or more by June 30, 2009. This site also provides details on a coalition of public health and environmental leaders supporting the Governor's pollution reduction plan and links to additional information.
Source: Environmental Law and Policy Center
URL: http://www.stopmercurypollution.org/

Environmentally Preferable LED Exit Signs: Saving Money and Protecting the Environment Through Energy Efficiency [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses LED exit signs; these signs are more energy efficient than fluorescent lamp exit signs and contain no mercury. One fluorescent lamp exit sign can contain more than 10 mg of mercury. Topics covered in this fact sheet include comparative performance of incandescent, fluorescent and LED exit signs, financial savings estimates for using LED exit signs, and retrofit options. (PDF Format; 3 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
URL: http://www.informinc.org/fs_P3exitsigns.pdf

Facility-Wide Inventory of Mercury and Mercury-Containing Devices [PDF]
Abstract: This worksheet provides guidance for a facility-wide inventory of mercury and mercury-containing devices for K-12 schools. Included are sections specific to science rooms, medical, home economics and other locations, as well as facilities in general. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/inventory.pdf

Getting Mercury Out of Schools: Why it?s a Problem, Where it is, What to do
Abstract: This guidance was prepared to assist Massachusetts schools in identifying and removing mercury materials from their classrooms, laboratories and buildings. It was designed as a one-pocket folder with general mercury information printed on the folder and six fact sheets in the pocket, all of which are available at this website in PDF format. The material has been reformatted to enable printing on 8.5" x 11" paper, though some of the design has been sacrificed to do this. Includes: an introduction written for the superintendent, business manager or other school personnel who are interested in general information about mercury; ?Mercury in Science Laboratories and Classrooms? written for the science teacher; ?Mercury in School Buildings and Maintenance Areas? written for the facilities manager; ?Mercury in the Medical Office? written for the school nurse; ?Mercury in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Laboratories in Vocational-Technical Schools? written for the HVAC teacher; ?Establishing Hazardous and Universal Waste Collection Areas? written for the science chairperson or facilities manager; and ?Sample Resolution for Mercury-Free Purchasing? written for the purchasing officer.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/schools/

Guidelines for Cleanup of Mercury Spills [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure provides step-by-step instructions for cleaning up mercury spills in K-12 schools. Included are information on relevant New York regulations, and instructions for creating a mercury spill cleanup kit. Contact information for New York State and New York City is also provided. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/cleanup.pdf

Identification of Mercury Devices in Schools Checklists [PDF]
Abstract: These tables assist school staff and/or state and local technical assistance providers in identifying mercury materials commonly found in schools. Specific tables are available for science rooms, medical offices, and school facilities. Non-mercury alternatives are also identified. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/schools/checklist_n
ew_revised.pdf

Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1110
Abstract: Effective July 1, 2006, this act requires manufacturers of motor vehicles offered for sale in Indiana to develop and implement a plan to remove, collect, recover, and recycle or dispose of certain mercury switches from end of life vehicles (except those motor vehicle manufacturers that have never installed mercury switches in their motor vehicles). Also requires motor vehicle recyclers to remove all mercury switches from end of life vehicles and provides for a payment out of the solid waste management fund (SWMF) to a motor vehicle recycler for each mercury switch removed.
Source: Indiana General Assembly
URL: http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2006/HE/HE1110.1.html

Indoor Air Mercury [PDF]
Abstract: This report describes why mercury is a problem in indoor air, the sources of mercury in indoor air, guidelines for mercury exposure, and studies on indoor air mercury. (PDF Format; Length: 8 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/Mercuryindoor.pdf

Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), this database presents information submitted to IMERC on the amount and purpose of mercury in consumer products. The database is intended to inform consumers, recyclers, policy makers and others about: products that contain intentionally-added mercury; the amount of mercury in a specific product; the amount of mercury in a specific product line sold in the U.S. in a given year; and manufacturers of mercury added products. The information in this database was submitted to IMERC by or on behalf of product manufacturers in compliance with laws in the states of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. The database may be searched by sector, product category, manufacturer or amount of mercury content.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc.cfm

Managing Used Fluorescent Lamps, High-Intensity Discharge Lamps & PCB Ballasts [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet discusses waste management of fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and similar waste. Includes information on environmental concerns, pollution prevention, disposal options, lamp handling and storage requirements, choosing a lamp transporter and collection site and other considerations that apply to handling these sorts of wastes. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
URL: http://www.acesolidwaste.com/FluorescentLampDisposal.pdf

Mercury and Schools: A Risky Combination [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, and sources of mercury in schools. It provides a list of action steps to reduce the amount of mercury in your school building, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/risky.pdf

Mercury Awareness for School Teachers
Abstract: This fact sheet provides information for school teachers about why mercury is a concern, and how schools and teachers can work to reduce the presence of mercury in schools. Contacts and resources for further information are included. (PDF format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Ohio EPA
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/contacts/fullrecord.cfm?sectordocid=49
0

Mercury Contamination Plagues D.C. Schools
Abstract: This audio file from NPR's Morning Edition describes a case of "toxic vandalism" at Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C. The school was shut down for more than a week after students deliberately released mercury in the building. RealPlayer or Windows Media Player may be used to listen to the segment. 3 minutes, 52 seconds. Copyright 2005 NPR.
Source: National Public Radio (NPR)
URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4526345

Mercury Free Schools Program, Superior, Wisconsin
Abstract: The goals of this project are: help educate students, teachers and administrators about the health hazards and environmental fate of mercury; promote the proper disposal and elimination of mercury, products containing mercury, and other hazardous substances at schools; promote use of alternative products that do not contain mercury; and prevent mercury spills and promote proper spill cleanup. Schools are encouraged to sign a pledge to proclaim their commitment to becoming mercury-free. Participating schools can receive several free services.
Source: Superior (WI) Wastewater Treatment Division
URL: http://www.ci.superior.wi.us/index.asp?NID=96

Mercury in High Schools Case Study: Bay Path Vocational Technical High School, Charlton, Massachusetts [PDF]
Abstract: Describes how Bay Path identified and eliminated elemental mercury and products containing mercury from their facilities. The school committee passed a ?mercury-free? resolution. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/schools/BayPathCase
Study.pdf

Mercury in Schools and the Community: A National Issue [PDF]
Abstract: This participatory curriculum, adapted from Wisconsin?s ?Mercury in Your Community and the Environment,? correlates to national standards. It provides general information on mercury, including health issues, cultural and religious issues and unique properties of mercury. School information, including a case study of mercury contamination at a school, and a school mercury audit are provided. Also included are sections on household information, mercury in the environment, and mercury in our world and community. (PDF Format; Length: 80 pages)
Source: U.S. EPA and University of Wisconsin Extension
URL: http://www4.uwm.edu/shwec/publications/cabinet/p2/national-c
urriculum.pdf

Mercury Spills in New York State
Abstract: Since 1992, the New York State Department of Health has collected information about mercury spills and releases as part of the Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) project. The goal of this federal project is to reduce injury and death from accidental chemical releases through an improved understanding of the causes. This document summarizes the findings of the study for the years 1992-1997.
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/environmental/chemicals/hsees/
mercury/brochures/cleanup.htm

Mercury Use in Measuring Devices [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet summarizes the use of mercury in products that measure physical data, such as temperature, pressure, or humidity. It is based on data obtained only from the Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database. The measuring devices using mercury that are included in this fact sheet are barometers, hydrometers, manometers, psychrometers, sphygmomanometers, strain gauges and thermometers. These devices must use mercury in its elemental form to be included in this fact sheet. Measuring devices that contain mercury solely from the use of a button cell battery are excluded. Thermostats are covered in a separate fact sheet. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/FactSheets/me
asuring_devices.pdf

Mercury Use in Thermostats [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet summarizes the use of mercury in thermostats. It is based on data obtained only from the Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database. It covers thermostats used in residences, businesses and industrial settings, including thermostats sold as stand-alone units and as components within heating and cooling equipment. It does not include mercury thermostats used in cooking ranges; those thermostats are covered in the NEWMOA fact sheet entitled, ?Mercury Use in Gas & Electric Cooking Ranges and Other Cooking Equipment.? (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/FactSheets/th
ermostats.pdf

Mercury: An Educator's Toolkit
Abstract: Developed by U.S. EPA Region 7, this toolkit contains links to videos, background informational documents for educators, information on taking action, and information and activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. Videos are Windows Media files. Documents are PDF.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 7
URL: http://www.epa.gov/region7/mercury/educator_toolkit.htm

Mercury-containing Lamps and EPA's Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. explains the U.S. EPA?s Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP). The U.S. EPA has identified 40 toxic chemicals that can cause harm when products containing them are disposed of in landfills and the chemicals leach out. In order to determine the potential of specific wastes in a landfill to leach dangerous concentrations of toxic chemicals into groundwater, the EPA developed a protocol known as the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP). Products containing one or more of the listed toxins are assessed using the TCLP to estimate how much of their toxic contents would be released into landfill leachate under ordinary conditions. If the amount of a particular chemical released under test conditions exceeds regulatory limits, the waste qualifies as hazardous and must be handled according to regulations governing hazardous waste. Products that do not leach toxic materials at levels exceeding regulatory limits are termed TCLP-compliant. This fact sheet discusses the limitations of the TCLP, particularly in regards to mercury-containing lamps, and issues related to appropriate disposal of mercury-containing lamps. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
URL: http://www.informinc.org/fs_P3tclp.pdf

Minnesota Environment Spring 2006 Edition
Abstract: This edition of the Minnesota Environment Magazine includes articles on Clancy, the MPCA's mercury-sniffing dog and efforts to find and remove mercury from schools; how opinions and uses of mercury have changed over time; a mercury clean-up in a Minnesota town; the health effects of mercury; and other general information about how mercury enters the environment and mercury in the Minnesota environment.
Source: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
URL: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/publications/mnenvironment/index.
html

Online Mercury Products Photo Database
Abstract: Cuoco & Cormier Engineering has been hired by a Massachusetts solid waste incinerator to perform a mercury survey of schools in their service area. The intent of this effort is to identify and recover mercury bearing products as well as to promote the proper management of universal waste. This online database contains photographs of common mercury bearing products that the company's staff has identified in schools, office buildings and manufacturing facilities. Images may be useful in training facility managers to identify mercury-containing products.
Source: Cuoco &Cormier Engineering Associates, Inc.
URL: http://www.cuocoandcormier.com/Environmental-mercuryrecovery
.shtml

Reducing Mercury in Schools: Buildings and Grounds Superintendents [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, and sources of mercury in schools. It provides a list of action steps for buildings and grounds superintendents for reducing mercury exposure, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/superintendents.pdf

Reducing Mercury in Schools: Health and Safety Committees [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, and sources of mercury in schools. It provides a list of action steps for members of health and safety committees for reducing mercury exposure, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/hscommittee.pdf

Reducing Mercury in Schools: School Nurses [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, and sources of mercury in schools. It provides a list of action steps for school nurses for reducing mercury exposure, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures//docs/nurses.pdf

Reducing Mercury in Schools: Science Teachers [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, sources of mercury in schools, and what to do if mercury spills. It provides a list of action steps for science teachers to reduce the amount of mercury in a school building, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/scienceteachers.pdf

Reducing Mercury in Schools: Superintendents, Principals, and School Boards [PDF]
Abstract: This brochure explains what mercury is, the health concerns associated with it, and sources of mercury in schools. It provides a list of action steps for administration officials to reduce the amount of mercury in a school building, as well as contact information for New York State and New York City. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: New York State Department of Health
URL: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/environ/hsees/mercury_b
rochures/docs/schoolboard.pdf

School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide [PDF]
Abstract: This guide on safety in the chemistry laboratory was written to provide high school chemistry teachers with an easy-to-read reference to create a safe learning environment in the laboratory for their students. The document attempts to provide teachers, and ultimately their students, with information so that they can take the appropriate precautionary actions in order to prevent or minimize hazards, harmful exposures, and injuries in the laboratory. The guide presents information about ordering, using, storing, and maintaining chemicals in the high school laboratory. The guide also provides information about chemical waste, safety and emergency equipment, assessing chemical hazards, common safety symbols and signs, and fundamental resources relating to chemical safety, such as Material Safety Data Sheets and Chemical Hygiene Plans, to help create a safe environment for learning. In addition, checklists are provided for both teachers and students that highlight important information for working in the laboratory and identify hazards and safe work procedures. This guide is not intended to address all safety issues, but rather to provide basic information about important components of safety in the chemistry laboratory and to serve as a resource to locate further information. (PDF Format; Length: 86 pages)
Source: NIOSH & U.S. CPSC
URL: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/NIOSH2007107.pdf

Schools, Colleges and Universities: Products Containing Persistent, Bioaccumulative Toxic Chemicals (PBTs) [PDF]
Abstract: This factsheet provides a list of products commonly used in educational institutions, the PBTs they contain, and PBT-free alternatives to these products. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
URL: http://www.informinc.org/fsschools.pdf

Strategies for Preventing Elemental Mercury Exposure in Homes and Schools [PDF]
Abstract: The purpose of this report is to identify and analyze strategies for reducing human exposure to elemental mercury in homes and schools. At the request of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 Regional Mercury Workgroup, the report will analyze strategies for raising awareness about elemental mercury and collecting items that contain elemental mercury from homes and schools. This report documents many strategies that state and local governments, schools, and other groups have pursued. The objective of this report is to inform local, regional, and national strategies for preventing human exposure to elemental mercury. (PDF Format; Length: 148 pages)
Source: U.S. EPA/University of Washington
URL: http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/HOMEPAGE.NSF/34090d07b77d50bd882
56b79006529e8/f60e8f81c53471ed88256eef00747a17/$FILE/Zim
merlyMercury2010.pdf

The Lowdown on Mercury in Fluorescent Lamps [PDF]
Abstract: This fact sheet from INFORM, Inc. discusses how to tell if a lamp is ?low-mercury,? the amount of mercury in a typical fluorescent lamp, EPA?s Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP), a comparison of TCLP compliant and non-TCLP lamps, and information on what to do with spent lamps. Recommended specifications for lamp purchasing contracts are also included. (PDF Format; Length: 3 pages)
Source: INFORM, Inc.
URL: http://www.lightcorp.com/PDFs/industrial/learn/InformHgLowdo
wn_DD19D.pdf

The Mercury Menace (Chicago Tribune Series)
Abstract: This multimedia series from the Chicago Tribune includes articles on the newspaper's investigation into the amount of mercury in seafood being sold in Chicago area stores. This site includes links to the articles, including those on the toxic risks and how to minimize those risks, those on the flawed mercury warning system, and those specific to tuna. Also included are a calculator to determine how much fish you can safely consume, a survey, answers to readers' questions in an online forum, links for more information, photos, a graphic showing sources of mercury and a video introduction to the series. Copyright 2005, Chicago Tribune.
Source: Chicago Tribune
URL: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/specials/broadband/chi-me
rcury-htmlstory,0,3799369.htmlstory

The PBT Profiler
Abstract: Designed to be an easy to use, widely available, no-cost tool to screen chemicals lacking experimental data in order to help identify pollution prevention (P2) opportunities. Use to identify persistent bioaccumulative toxic chemicals.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/oppt/sf/tools/pbtprofiler.htm

U.S. EPA Healthy School Environments Portal
Abstract: The Healthy School Environments Web pages are intended to serve as a gateway to on-line resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers and staff address environmental health issues in schools. Included on these pages are links to information on: the design, construction and renovation of school buildings; energy efficiency for schools; environmental education; facility operations and maintenance; indoor environmental air quality; legislation and regulations related to children?s environmental health; outdoor air pollution; portable classrooms; safety and preparedness; waste issues, including recycling, waste reduction and composting; and water issues. The site also provides quick links to relevant U.S. EPA programs. The portal site also provides information about an assessment tool that EPA is developing to help school districts evaluate their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues in an effort to promote the health and safety of children and staff in the nation's 120,000+ public and private school facilities.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/schools/

U.S. EPA Mercury Portal
Abstract: This mercury site provides a broad range of information: actions by EPA and others, including international actions; effects on people and the environment; and how to protect you and your family. The site includes collections of information specifically geared toward consumers, parents, schools, health care providers, and business and industry. The site may also be viewed in Spanish.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/

U.S. EPA Safe Mercury Management Program
Abstract: The objective of this web site is to provide comprehensive, accurate, up-to-date information and easy access to web-based resources relating to the management of mercury-containing products and wastes. The site features links to more than 200 state, local, federal and non-governmental organizations and provides information for the general public, regulatory officials, industry and environmental professionals. It also provides technical assistance and information transfer for cleanup of mercury products and wastes.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/tsd/mercury/index.htm

U.S. EPA: Human Health Research Program
Abstract: EPA's Human Health Research Program offers this Web site on the latest information on its research to protect public health. The program's science looks at such questions as why some people are more sensitive to pollution and how exposure to chemicals affects people's health. The site is designed for the general public as well as for the scientific community. The site provides easy access to research and results on methods, tools, and data needed to improve risk assessments to protect the public. Visitors to the site will find an overview of the research, information on how research has contributed to decision making, resource materials available in journal publications and reports, and a listing of meetings and conferences.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
URL: http://www.epa.gov/hhrp/

 


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