This Day in History: Minamata Disease

May 1, 2009 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Mercury can be a grave environmental and health problem.  On May 1, 1956, Minamata disease was discovered in Japan.  This neurological disease is caused by severe mercury poisoning.

To reduce mercury’s impact on our environment:

  1. Reduce.  Replace mercury thermometers & thermostats with non-mercury items. 
  2. Recycle.  When you do have an item with Mercury it is considered Hazardous Waste; recycle it responsibly.  CFLs can be taken to many area hardware stores for recycling.  Other items can be brought to a Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste facility.  
  3. Reduce Your Energy Use.  One way that methylmercury gets into our environment is through burning coal for energy.  By saving energy (turning off your lights, weatherizing your home, and recycling), you reduce the amount of coal burned.

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Entry filed under: Energy, Hazardous Waste, This Day in History.

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