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"Farm Toxins: Mercury Manometer Replacement"
October 2, 2000 WPTZ NEWS CHANNEL 5
The "Mercury Manometer Replacement Program" is intended to eliminate a major source of mercury on dairy farms within the Vermont portion of the Lake Champlain Basin. Replacing mamometers will help prevent mercury pollution in the basin and help protect the health of humans and animals on dairy farms. Manometers are used by farmers to measure the proper working pressure of milking systems.
The Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District received $20,200 through the Lake Champlain Basin Program for this project. In partnership with the Vermont Department of Agriculture, 42 out of 84 known mercury manometers have been replaced with non-mercury manometers so far - at no cost to the farmers. Each manometer contains up to 1/2 pound of mercury. The mercury collected will be disposed by a certified mercury handler.
Mercury is listed as a "Group 1 Toxic Substance of Concern" for the Lake Champlain basin because it is highly toxic and can bioaccumulate in the tissue of fish and wildlife, and also humans. Both the Vermont and New York departments of health have posted consumption advisories for several fish species, such as walleye, in Lake Champlain because of mercury contamination. Click here for more information.
In addition to replacing manometers, the project will inform farmers and dairy equipment service providers about the dangers of mercury. Articles about the program are also published in Agriview, which is the newsletter of the Vermont Department of Agriculture. Farmers interested in participating in the program should contact Mike Loner at the Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District, (802) 524-5986.
More information and contacts:
Northwest Vermont Solid Waste Management District
Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets
PLEASE NOTE: The views expressed on WPTZ NEWS CHANNEL 5's series "Champlain 2000" do not necessarily reflect the position of the Lake Champlain Basin Program or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Last Updated: October 2, 2000
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