...we can soon look forward to these hassles and health risks when the compact fluorescent bulbs we'll be legally required to purchase break:
"...if a compact fluorescent breaks, get children and pets out of the room. Ventilate the room. Never use a vacuum, even on a rug, to clean up a broken compact fluorescent lamps. Instead, use stiff paper such as index cards and tape to pick up pieces, and then wipe the area with a wet wipe or damp paper towel. If there are young children or pregnant woman in the house, consider cutting out the piece of carpet where the lamp broke as a precaution. Place the shards and cleanup debris in a glass jar with a screw top and remove the jar from the house.
"Disposal regulations vary from state to state, with some requiring broken compact fluorescent light bulbs, to be disposed of as household hazardous waste. Most states allow intact compact fluorescents to be thrown away, but some - such as Vermont, Minnesota, and California - ban disposal in trash..."
The above is per today's Boston Globe.
I continue to be appalled that President Bush bought into this silliness and signed the energy bill banning traditional light bulbs over the next five years. I wonder if there's any chance it will be rescinded. (Not with any of the current Presidential candidates in the White House...)
I think it's time to start stockpiling incandescent light bulbs.
A January post including information on health risks associated with compact fluorescent bulbs is here.
Update: More info on the health risks of compact fluorescent light bulbs.
How is it that the government gets to decree that this is the only kind of light bulb we're allowed to purchase? It's time to start stockpiling incandescent light bulbs...and it's also time to start pressuring Congress to reverse this silly mandate.