$50,000 to clean up a 2 oz mercury spill (Updated)
Two ounces of mercury were found in the road that leads into an apartment complex. It cost local, state, and the federal governments $50,000 to clean up the two ounce catastrophe. Read the EPA report here.
This is a picture of the clean up crew:
The use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) will soon be mandatory in the United States. And CFLs contain what? What? Say it louder: MERCURY.
You can expect the cleanup crew in the picture to be coming to your house - to help you clean up a broken light bulb.
Congratulations America. And welcome to George Orwell's worst nightmare.
The EPA report states the amount of mercury was 2 teaspoons. An ounce is 6 teaspoons. (Who knew? I thought a teaspoon equaled an ounce. Do not eat anything I have cooked from a recipe.) So the actual amount of spilled mercury was less than one ounce.