Studies Warn Of Mercury Risk In Energy-Saving Bulbs

Energy-saving, spiral fluorescent bulbs that may help in the battle against global warming could pose a health risk to babies, small children and pregnant women, according to two new studies.

The Vermont-based Mercury Policy Project study showed the bulbs pose a threat of mercury poisoning if they break, prompting the federal Environmental Protection Agency and both Massachusetts and Vermont to revise recommendations for where homeowners should use the bulbs.

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