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Alphabetical Listing of Reference Documents by Title
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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
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
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
Introduction to Mercury Issues
Abstract: This on-line training (PowerPoint presentation) from the Ohio EPA provides an introduction to mercury issues for the general public and businesses. It is meant to provide an introduction to the various forms of mercury and their health effects, identify where mercury is found, identify steps to take to reduce mercury use and provide some basic resources to further explore mercury issues. Information on mercury P2 assistance for Ohio is included. Note: This presentation was optimized for more recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Source: Ohio EPA OCAPP
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
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
Mercury Spills:How Much Do They Cost? [PDF]
Abstract: The true costs of mercury spills are not well documented and tend to be anecdotal. This fact sheet provides references and excerpts from those references to help estimate the potential cost of various types of mercury spills that may occur in a health care setting. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: Sustainable Hospitals Project
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.
OSHA Hospital eTool: Mercury
Abstract: This portion of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Hospital eTool addresses mercury. It outlines potential hazards, health effects of both acute and chronic exposure, possible solutions, OSHA requirements, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommendations.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor OSHA
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
Truth Revealed: New Scientific Discoveries Regarding Mercury in Medicine and Autism
Abstract: Hearing held on September 8, 2004 on mercury use in vaccines and other medicines and findings suggesting a possible link between mercury exposure and autism.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform
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)
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
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)
Wisconsin Mercury SourceBook: Section One (Background) [PDF]
Abstract: Provides background information about mercury, it's effects on human health and the environment, and Wisconsin and federal regulation covering it's use. (PDF Format; Length: 90 pages)
Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources