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A Guide for Managing Mercury and Amalgam Wastes
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site provides guidelines for managing mercury and amalgam wastes in dental offices. Included are information on elemental mercury, amalgam capsules, dental amalgam, recycling scrap amalgam, chair-side traps, amalgam traps, amalgam separators, plumbing replacement and repairs, additional sources of mercury in dental offices, and office renovations.
Source: NYSDEC
URL: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/redrecy/mercbmp.htm

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

Eliminating Mercury in Hospitals: Environmental Best Practices for Health Care Facilities [PDF]
Abstract: Comprehensive factsheet including info. on environmental effects of mercury, exposure pathways, industrial sources, case studies & reduction strategies for health care facilities. Cost & efficacy comparisons for sphygmomanometers & thermometers.
Source: U.S. EPA Region 9 Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/wpie/HealthCare/EPAHgInHosp.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

Health Care Without Harm: Mercury
Abstract: Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health care industry so it is no longer a source of environmental harm by eliminating pollution in health care practices without compromising safety or care. Site includes a section on mercury.
Source: Health Care Without Harm
URL: http://www.noharm.org/all_regions/issues/toxins/mercury/

Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (H2E)
Abstract: Cooperative effort between the American Hospital Association and EPA with goal of virtual mercury elimination by 2005. Site includes information on mercury, waste reduction, chemicals/P2, green buildings, green purchasing, and other tools.
Source: American Hospital Association
URL: http://cms.h2e-online.org/about/

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

Main Hospitals for a Healthy Environment Pollution Prevention Agreement
Abstract: Every hospital in Maine has signed a landmark agreement with the state?s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and environmental groups to significantly reduce or eliminate use of products that contribute to the release or mercury and dioxin to Maine?s environment. This is the text of the pollution prevention agreement between the Maine DEP and the Maine Hospital Association.
Source: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.maine.gov/dep/ppagree.htm

Mercury Elimination
Abstract: From the proceedings of the Setting Healthcare's Environmental Agenda conference of October 16, 2000. Gives good overview of mercury reduction in healthcare facilities.
Source: Institute for a Sustainable Future
URL: http://www.noharm.org/

Mercury in Health Care Lab Reagents
Abstract: This fact sheet provides steps to identify mercury in lab reagents, a list of potential mercury containing reagents, and a list of brand specific potential mercury-containing lab reagents. Also available at this web page in PDF format (Length: 8 pages)
Source: Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
URL: http://mntap.umn.edu/health/92-Mercury.htm

Mercury P2
Abstract: This website contains several resources on mercury free alternatives, best management practices, recycling sites and more.
Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
URL: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3307_29693_4175---,
00.html

Mercury Reduction at Healthcare Facilities
Abstract: In 1999, The NH Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the NH Hospital Association's Foundation for Healthy Communities to promote the reduction of mercury in health care facilities. This page provides the results of this project and information on the dangers of mercury, sources of mercury in healthcare facilities, and tips for reducing mercury in healthcare facilities.
Source: New Hamshire Department of Environmental Services Pollution Prevention Program
URL: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/hs/pphf
p/mercury_reduction.htm

Mercury Reduction Programs Database
Abstract: Maintained by the Northeast Waste Management Officials? Association (NEWMOA), a searchable database that includes descriptions of mercury reduction programs underway around the U.S. Each profile provides a brief description of the project, its title, a list of products affected, program results, sources of funding, and contact information. The database may be searched by state, program title or agency. An online form is available for submission of information on programs not currently included in the database.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/programs/

Mercury Use: Hospitals and Clinics [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in hospitals and clinics.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/hospital.pdf

Mercury Use: Nursing Homes [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in nursing homes.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/nursing.pdf

Mercury Use: Veterinary Clinics [PDF]
Abstract: Part of the Wisconsin Mercury Sourcebook covering mercury use and pollution prevention in veterinary clinics.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/04/03851/veterinary.PDF

New York State's Dental Mercury and Amalgam Recycling Law
Abstract: This portion of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) web site provides the text of a New York state law dealing with the recycling of elemental mercury and dental amalgam by dentists.
Source: NYSDEC
URL: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/redrecy/chap506.htm

State Government Regulations:2005 Legislation: Eliminating Mercury in Health Care Setting
Abstract: This portion of the American Nurses Association web site provides an overview of legislation related to the elimination of mercury in health care devices in the United States for 2005. A map of the U.S. is provided, showing where such legislation has been introduced or enacted in 2005, and where such legislation has been enacted in prior years.
Source: American Nurses Association (ANA)
URL: http://www.nursingworld.org/gova/state/2005/mercury.htm

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 Challenge Handbook: The Opportunity to Become a Mercury-Free Facility [PDF]
Abstract: Provides information on participating in the Mercury Challenge Program, a cooperative effort of Ohio EPA and the Ohio Hospital Association. Also outlines how to reduce and eliminate mercury from heathcare facilities, as well as where to go for information
Source: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pollution Prevention
URL: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/16/15822.pdf

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

 


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