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John, The idiocy of banning mercury has reached new heights in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After a small mercury spill in a nearby school, the Ann Arbor city council passed a resolution banning mercury thermometers. Owners of mercury fever thermometers may trade theirs in for a non-Hg version at no charge. The idocy of it boggles the mond. Kurt Ann Arbor John Coan wrote: > There are other sources of mercury that were NOT banned, many with much larger > quantities than tiny photo batteries. Take for instance fluorescent lights. > Or, as a personal example, I recently purchased a sphygmomanometer . It > contains about an ounce of pure elemental mercury. How come that wasn't > banned? I think banning the batteries was a symbolic gesture and we > photographers were sacrificed on the enviroalter. > > Buzz Hausner wrote: > > > Trust me, Hans-Peter, mercury is one very nasty environmental contaminant, > > it is extremely toxic in even small doses and it may be both ingested in its > > liquid form and inhaled as a vapor. EU and US regulators were unusually > > wise in banning the production of mercury batteries. They were not being > > capriciously mean to devotees of old photographic equipment. > > > > Buzz Hausner > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: Hans-Peter.Lammerich@t-online.de > > [mailto:Hans-Peter.Lammerich@t-online.de] > > Sent: Thursday, September 07, 2000 4:43 PM > > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > > Subject: [Leica] Re: Battery adapter wanted (became a long story) > > > > After all I find it stupid that EU and US legislators banned mercury > > batteries instead of just requiring that new cameras, hearing aids etc. > > shall work with mercury free batteries. Mercury cells in my cameras seem > > to last for years instead of the 4 to 6 weeks quoted for zinc-air cells. > > Are 30 to 60 zinc-air cells that I would need to purchase over five > > years better for the environment than a single mercury cell, even > > without recycling? Where is the proper environmental impact assessment > > to prove that zinc-air is better? Why legislators are bashing the > > minority of classic camera users, but not owners of 3 ton, 400 hp "sport > > utilitiy vehicles"? Zinc-air is probably ok for hearing aids which suck > > any battery in 4 weeks, for occasional use and low current applications > > like photoelectric meters mercury is hard to beat. I am not really > > willing to accept the limited life of the . Because the battery is > > hidden inside the Rollei 35 and Leica CL, you can replace it only in the > > dark or when you change the film.