A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash—and the environment. Turning Up The Heat II estimates that, at most, the industry recycling program has captured 8% of mercury thermostats coming out of service in the past decade. This has resulted in the disposal of over 50 tons of mercury into the environment, which can expose people to the neurotoxin through fish consumption.
BOSTON, MA – While the state of California has just released aggressive new rules that will safely recycle hundreds of thousands of mercury-laden thermostats, thermostat recycling legislation is pending in the Massachusetts House of Representatives that is weak and ineffective, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action and Sierra Club.
Today the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to send Gina McCarthy’s nomination to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the full Senate for confirmation. Clean Water Action congratulates Chairwoman Boxer and the committee and urges the Senate to confirm Ms. McCarthy as soon as possible.
Clean Water Action President & CEO released this statement: