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Outreach to Plumbers

Organization(s) Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2
Project Description A partnership among Con Edison, EPA Region 2, and Keyspan hosted a forum in October 2001 in Queens aimed a helping plumbers learn about the health, environmental and liability issues surrounding the use of mercury gauges or manometers. A follow-up exchange program provided licensed plumbers with safe, mercury-free gauges and mercury disposal services free-of-charge at four locations in New York City and surrounding areas. As a result of the exchange program, 73.5 pounds of mercury were collected and 59 non-mercury gauges were distributed.

Licensed plumbers have historically used mercury gauges to pressure-test gas lines and ensure safe gas levels for the operation of appliances, such as stoves, hot water heaters, and heating systems. If mercury gauges are not used or handled properly, or are accidentally broken, the mercury may be released into the environment and evaporate into the air.

In October 2001, EPA Region 2 gave a grant to the NYS DEC to conduct an outreach programs to plumbers, trade associations, and other stakeholders state-wide to promote the use of mercury-fee gauges and ensure the safe disposal of mercury gauges. As part of this effort DEC will identify municipalities in New York state that currently require plumbers to use mercury gauges and provide them with model language that requires mercury-free gauges instead. NYS DEC will also network with gas utility companies to develop take back programs for mercury gauges and with local governments to collect them on household hazardous collection days.

More Info www.epa.gov/Region2/news/2001/01135.htm
Project Contact
Name Deborah Meyer
Phone 212-637-3521
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 1, Spring 2002 [PDF]


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