20 Jan '12, 9pm

#Oregon proposes a new law to curb mercury in CFLs. Will it pass?

#Oregon proposes a new law to curb mercury in CFLs. Will it pass?

The long-lasting and energy-saving light of CFLs may benefit the planet, but the bulbs' mercury content poses a concern to environmentalists and legislators alike. Photo: Flickr/Anton Fomkin Oregon’s legislature will once again consider a proposal to reduce mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The proposal – introduced on Wednesday by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee – is less restrictive than a failed 2011 bill that would have made it illegal to dispose of the bulbs in landfills and required manufacturers to pay for CFL recycling, reports Oregon Live . The new version would limit mercury content to 3.5 milligrams for all CFLs sold in the state, as well as imposing a cap on mercury content for linear fluorescent bulbs, the proposal reads. If passed, the bill would also ask state agencies to use bulbs with minimal mercury content and requ...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2012/01/20/oregon-to-address-mer...

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