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Alternatives to Mercury Products

Organization(s) Maine Dept. of Environmental Protection
Project Description The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (LCSP) completed an investigation of alternatives to mercury-containing measuring devices and switches. Among the measuring devices examined by the LCSP were blood pressure cuffs, barometers, manometers, and flow meters. The LCSP also investigated relays, tilt switches, float switches, pressure switches, and temperature switches used in a variety of products and industrial equipment. In general, the LCSP found that functionally equivalent non-mercury alternatives are available at comparable cost for most of these products.

The LCSP report titled, An Investigation of Alternatives to Mercury Containing Products, is available through the website of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The Maine DEP commissioned the investigation and will use the LCSP findings to develop a strategy for reducing the use of mercury in products. The goal of the strategy is to reduce mercury emissions to the environment from product breakage and disposal. The DEP planned to submit the strategy and implementing legislation to the Maine Legislature in January 2003.

More Info www.state.me.us/dep/mercury
Project Contact
Name John James
Phone 207-287-7866
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Activity Keywords New publication
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 3, Fall 2002 [PDF]


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