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A case of compact fluorescent lights cont’d

By Obiora Embry

exposure level established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  One CFL also has the potential to contaminate 6, 000 gallons of water beyond safe drinking levels.  And the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 670 million Mercury containing lights are sent to the landfill each year adding 2 to 4 tons of Mercury into the environment, which over time will bioaccumulate in our bodies causing damage to our bodies (see an MSDS for all of the health hazards).

However, what I have presented above on CFLs is only scratching the surface of its Life Cycle Analysis because I did not discuss the energy source used primarily in the U.S. (coal‐fired plants emit Mercury into the atmosphere) to turn that light on; nor the mining of the heavy metals to manufacture the light; nor the amount of petroleum used in its production, packaging, and transport; nor the amount and type of waste generated during its production; nor the health hazards to humans working in the factories to manufacture the light; nor all of the short and long term environmental effects that result from the production of CFLs.

The opening of "Pandora’s Box" that has resulted from our government and the media thinking classically and persuading US to switch from incandescent light bulbs to CFLs cannot be undone, not even if we were to immediately become quantum thinkers that are

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