Banning Mercury Thermometers

Banning Mercury Thermometers

In late November 2001, Douglas County passed an ordinance that outlaws the sale of mercury thermometers. The mercury in a single thermometer is enough to contaminate an entire 20-acre lake. Duluth was the first city in North America to pass such an ordinance, thanks to revolutionary thinkers like Jamie Harvey. The State of Minnesota passed a similar statewide ordinance a few months back. This is great news!

Our next step is to seriously address the problem of coal burning power plants, which are currently spurting out record levels of mercury into our environment (80% of the electricity in northern Minnesota is from coal).

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