How should we deal with mercury?

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 10:25 PM


According to WHO, the use of mercury in the industrial industry has increased significantly after the industrial revolution. Mercury has been used in making electrical appliances, industrial and control instruments, laboratory apparatus and as raw material for mercury compounds. Despite its useful role in the industry, the consequences and health effects that mercury can bring to both animals in the water and people are undeniable. Over the last decade, the level of mercury deposits has increased rapidly without any sign of slowing down. Wansford Health reports that in Wisconsin, reductions in the loon chick production have been found in lakes where mercury concentrations in eggs exceed concentrations that are toxic in lab studies. Even though, we know what the problem is,
 there still not a clear answer on how to deal with mercury
pollution effectively.

In the mean time, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency suggested that manufacturer and solid waste management facilities can reduce mercury entering the environment from products that contain it by keeping mercury out of the waste stream, together with pollution control equipment. In addition, the EPA has listed out several steps that need to be carried out, including treating waste that cannot be recycled before disposing it. We, as a society also plays a part in keeping mercury out of the environment by buying mercury-free products and dispose mercury-containing products at hazardous waste facilities. Together, we can help keep our water free from mercury and keep our children safe.

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