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Mercury Spill Cleanup And Control Kits

If mercury volatizes, as much as 80% of the vapors can be inhaled, potentially causing nerve and kidney damage. The EPA regulations to control mercury emissions to air, water, or from wastes and products include the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

According to EPA's 1999 National Emissions Inventory, coal-fired electric power plants are the largest source of human-caused mercury air emissions in the U.S. These power plants account for about 40% of total U.S. manmade mercury emissions. Other large sources are industrial boilers (about 10% of U.S. mercury emissions), burning hazardous waste (about 5%), and chlorine production (also about 5%). Burning municipal waste and medical waste was once a larger source of emissions. Today, in response to EPA and state regulations and reductions in mercury use, emissions from these sources have declined 85-90 percent.

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