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(Enterprise News)   Massachusetts charges woman $4,000 for emergency response to dropped thermometer   (enterprisenews.com) divider line 11
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2013-09-27 10:01:23 AM
4 votes:
I don't know why mercury always gets such a rise out of people. Just because someone spills some, doesn't mean you gotta make a Hg deal out of it.
2013-09-27 09:59:04 AM
2 votes:
Sponge it up and sell it to the Chinese for baby formula.
gja [TotalFark]
2013-09-27 09:55:02 AM
2 votes:
Good God we are becoming such a society of collective pussies.
2013-09-27 12:12:20 PM
1 votes:
Local government: if you thought your problems were bad, wait until you see their solutions.
2013-09-27 10:55:18 AM
1 votes:

topcon: Mercury is NOT the super toxic substance the nanny-state world seems to think it is.  Literally decades of children played with it in classrooms and otherwise, and they were just fine.  I mean yeah, you don't want to eat the shiat and play with it all day long, but minor exposure to it is NOT going to affect you.


Oh really?  Tell that to this bear:

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2013-09-27 10:20:02 AM
1 votes:

Ctrl-Alt-Del: This wasn't "erring on the side of caution," this was "completely disregarding the Mass. DEP guidelines" for cleaning up Mercury spills. Spills of less than one pound (~2 tablespoons) of mercury do not require a hazmat team, they can be cleaned up by the homeowner with gloves and an eyedropper, basically.


Powdered sulfur will also absorb the mercury nicely, and then it can be swept up and disposed of.
2013-09-27 10:12:39 AM
1 votes:
The best part of the article is where it says that the Hazmat team responds to 2-3 thermometer spills a MONTH.  And that they are the team's largest source of work.

WTF people?
2013-09-27 10:01:17 AM
1 votes:
The best one was when a school got locked down and a hazmat team called in because a student brought a (totally not broken) mercury thermometer to school.
2013-09-27 09:59:19 AM
1 votes:

Cyno01: Wasnt there a story a while back about some family having to move out of their home while it was decontaminated because somebody broke a fluorescent bulb and everyone involved erred on the side of caution and nobody wanted to just say "Its just a little mercury, not really that big a deal, put a fan in the window for a while".


LOL WUT?  man.. we used to use the old burnt out florescent bulbs as freakin light sabres we save them up and go through like 20 of them smashing over each other
2013-09-27 09:55:00 AM
1 votes:
Moral of the story:  Scoop up the mercury, put it in a Z zip lock bag and toss it in the garbage, If they want you to do something more responsible they can stop punishing you for doing the responsible thing.
2013-09-27 09:51:26 AM
1 votes:
I wonder how much they'll fine her when they found she threw away rechargeable AA batteries in her trash can instead of taking them to an approved collection point. Also dispose of those musical greeting cards properly!

From a Mass. government website:
Lithium & "Button" - Lithium, and small button-shaped batteries (typically Nickel Cadmium) used in hearing aids, watches, cameras, calculators, and electronic toys contain toxic metals and should NOT be thrown in household trash.  The popularity of singing greeting cards and inexpensive battery-powered toys increases toxic risk to the environment.  Please remove all batteries from cards and toys and make sure that they are disposed of properly.  Lithium and button batteries are accepted (no charge) at The Transfer Station and the Department of Public Works office (Route 116 South).
 
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