By all means switch to the new florescent light bulbs -- just don't break one.
An Ellsworth, Maine woman switched to the new CFLs (Compact Florescent Lightbulbs), broke one, phoned the authorities and ended up with a $2,000 cleanup bill and the lingering concern about mercury poisoning in her home.
Are we crazy? And what about the environmentalists? Have they thought this through?
Here's the money quote from Steve Mallory over at Junkscience.com:
"It’s quite odd that environmentalists have embraced the CFL, which cannot now and will not in the foreseeable future be made without mercury. Given that there are about 4 billion lightbulb sockets in American households, we’re looking at the possibility of creating billions of hazardous waste sites such as the Bridges’ bedroom."
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