In a recent article about a mercury recycling program, I was amazed to find no reference to compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

The rules say we cannot have mercury in our thermostats or our thermometers, but it’s perfectly acceptable to have mercury throughout our houses in CFL lightbulbs.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has underlined the threat of mercury contamination emissions from power plants nationwide.

Serious dangers result if a CFL is broken; cleanup steps can be found on the Internet.

Where are our environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Council of Maine?

The CFL may be the new green energy bulb, but how about its hazards?

Horatio Couture

Benton