1,451 pounds of mercury collected in Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA— The Department
of Environmental Protection announced that its six regional offices
collected 1,451 pounds of mercury in 2005 through a variety of
collection strategies aimed at reducing the dangers posed by the
neurotoxin to people and wildlife.
Since 1997, DEP’s six regional
offices have collected almost 17,000 pounds of elemental mercury
from schools and homes. Liquid elemental mercury is most commonly
found in homes in thermometers, thermostats and barometers. At
schools, elemental mercury may be found in containers in laboratories
and thermometers and blood-pressure gauges in nurses’ offices.