Uh oh. Now I need more information from you.
For every water supply affected by every landfill in America, what are the
current mercury levels, and how far are they from causing this, especially
if the intake of mercury-laden bulbs increases by factors of 2, 5 and 10?
You have one year to complete this project. Good luck.
I hate guesses, so I googled-
It's a green group, but I doubt they could get away with
mis-information for long ;-)
I have a hundred cfl's in use from the original LOA 22w
circlines to the latest 4w mini cfl's. I've had maybe eight
failures and two "catastrophic", a bright flash and that was
all. I marker the year installed, the backdoor 12w U tube
is still running on a 1987 tube, but the 4w mini died in a
year. I'm not including three 13w spirals and two 22w circs
I flat out dropped (broken) over time.
I agree with Don, there are a lot of poorly built
counterfeit cfl's from China at the "junk" dollar stores.
(not the Dolgen and Family Dollar like chains) Even the UL,
ETL, etc marks are counterfeit.
I do return bad products, even the "no returns" junk stores
at least gave store credit for something else.
Manufacturers are very sensitive about bad/poor products.
Usually they already became aware of the problem and have
generous coupon programs to buy redesigned or other products
They really do want happy customers. Dad had a "lifetime
guarantee" pocket lighter he bought during WWII, the
manufacturer replaced it 3 times when it "wore out" during
his lifetime. It pays, he also faithfully bought their other
Unfortunately, the high tech products / services companies
haven't seen the light yet... But if we are willing to
accept some of their crap, shame on us!
-larry / dallas
The problem with what you're saying is that by the time a landfill is
leaching too much mercury into local groundwater, it will be too late to do
much about it, except perhaps to inform nearby residents that from now on,
they can forget using tap water for cooking, drinking, or brushing their
teeth. Remember, too, that this is America, where 54% of the population
thinks environmentalists are communist homosexuals, so nothing gets done
about pollution problems until it literally hits home.
I appreciate what you are saying. I'm all for minimising materials going
into landfills - it's part of my professional life. I'm familiar with
the problems that old landfills have caused, am aware of the Superfund
program and also the costs! I have visited one such east of LA.
Modern landfills are designed to avoid groundwater problems and the
leachates are collected and treated prior to being discharged to
watercourses. However, I do believe we should reduce our dependence upon
them and find better solutions - one such is incineration of organic
fractions utilising the heat and power, but just watch the NIMBYs come
out to play if one is proposed in the neighbourhood!
Personally,I do not believe we should be burying our refuse in the ground.
It should all go to a reprocessing plant where everything not combustable
gets removed for reuse and the combustables get burned to generate
electricity/process steam.Then the ash can be put into roadway paving and
on 9/20/2007 12:26 PM Jim Yanik said the following:
I completely agree. It seems that the US is always the last to embrace
new environmental technology.
Ever notice those pipes sticking out of the mounds in old landfills?
They are there to exhaust methane gas into the atmosphere.
Couldn't we use methane?
Many places are. And, au contraire to the last to adopt, much of the
technology has been developed here. Compare water and air quality
presently to 50 or 100 years ago despite the expansion of the economy
and population to get a more balanced view...
"Seems" could be the operative word here. During the 70's, the US was
way ahead of Europe with environmental legislation - cats for cars
(although the replacement of lead by MBTE in gasoline was a blind
alley), banning of pesticides and vehicle safety iniatives. Today, it
does seem that the table has turned, environmental initiatives in Europe
do appear one step ahead of the US. I read of a new initiative on the
EPA site the other day (cannot think what it is was about now!) which
was way behind what's going on this side of The Pond.
I guess these things go in cycles.
I'm surprised to hear of uncapped landfills with vented methane though.
We value the stuff and capture as much as possible for power
generation - more commonly than not using GE generators - though
manufactured in Austria.
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