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Mercury Thermometers Cease Production

 
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"We have yet to find an application that we can't solve with an alternate thermometer," Strouse said.

For those still using mercury devices, NIST is working with the EPA and private industry to revise more than 700 federal product standards that have long required the use of mercury thermometers, and find alternatives.

Although they are being phased out, older devices may still contain mercury, including:

Fever thermometers

Non-digital thermostats

Safety shutoffs in irons and washers

Trunk light in your car

Lawnmower fuel-level indicator

So if you’re really eager to own a mercury thermometer, I advise you run out and pick one up soon. Otherwise, they’re fading fast and you may not be able to get your hands on one.

End of mercury thermometers is near
http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bs-hs-mercury-thermometer-20110222,0,5338447.story

Environmental Protection Agency
http://www.epa.gov/

National Institute of Standards and Technology
http://www.nist.gov/index.html

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