Regional Highlights Pacific Northwest
Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Mercury Reduction in the Northwest: Who, What, Where and How?

November 13, 2002 Vancouver, Washington
Roundtable Report Digest

Table of Contents

Goals and Audience
Mercury Management Practices and Drivers for Change
Attendee Interests
Mercury Reduction Tools: Product-Specific Work
Tackling Mercury Reduction: Initiatives and Resources
Collective Brainstorming
Take-Home Resources and Tools (Including List of Web Resources)
List of Attendees

PPRC’s Spring 2003 newsletter is full of useful information on mercury sources, innovative business and government initiatives, alternative products, mercury reduction tools, and other resources to address the problem of mercury in our environment. Access the newsletter on-line at





Cathy Buller from the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) opened the roundtable and welcomed the attendees. She also set the context for roundtable presentations and discussions.


This section focused on environmental pathways for mercury, related health concerns, and the scope and variety of mercury uses and sources in industrial, commercial and residential settings.
  Mike Gallagher, Washington State Department of Ecology
    (on behalf of Sheila Lockwood, University of Washington)
    Sheila Lockwood's Contact Information: (206) 616-5836,

    On: Mercury Reduction In Hospitals, covering some health and environmental impacts of
    mercury, why hospitals are an important source of mercury, applicable regulations,
    stewardship, and alternatives for medical devices containing mercury.
    Presentation excerpt (Powerpoint document)

  Josh Chaitin, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Seattle, Washington
    Phone: (206) 263-3076,

    On: Identifying and Prioritizing Mercury Sources,
including King County's recent work
    in assessing mercury, potential sources of mercury, prioritization of four major mercury
    sources (lights, thermostats, thermometers, and auto switches) for reduction efforts
     in King County, ongoing research on other mercury-bearing products, and project planning.
    Full presentation (Powerpoint document)



  Mike Gallagher, Washington State Department of Ecology, Olympia, Washington
    Phone: (360) 407-6868,

    On: Washington's Mercury Action Plan:
Status of 11/13/02.
    The Washington State Departments of Health and Ecology have worked jointly on this plan.
    Mr. Gallagher discussed why mercury was chosen as the first PBT to address, related
    efforts by other countries, states, and municipalities, legislation (historical and current),
    the mercury advisory committee, and the process for drafting and finalizing the plan.
    Full presentation (Powerpoint document)


This brief check-in gauged roundtable attendees' areas of interest and expertise with
respect to mercury programs, issues, and challenges.



  Cathy Buller, PPRC
(on behalf of Michelle Gaither, PPRC, Seattle, Washington)
    Michelle Gaither's Contact Information: (206) 352-2050,

    On: Identifying Mercury Sources in Products, a project conducted for the Washington Department of
    Ecology to begin identifying manufacturers in Washington State using mercury in their products
    and processes, or introducing mercury as a contaminant during production. The project report,
    Manufacturers in Washington State that May Use Mercury and Potential Non-Mercury Alternatives,
    finalized in March 2003, is available from Washington Department of Ecology.

  Deb Elkins, Northwest Automotive Trade Association (NATA), Portland, Oregon
    Phone: (503) 253-9898 or 1-800-730-7282,
Automotive Aftermarket - Working to Reduce Mercury Waste
, covering mercury use in
    vehicles, Oregon's Mercury Reduction Act and implications for the automotive sector,
    NATA's mercury switch removal program and participation, and promotion.
    Presentation Excerpt (Powerpoint document)

  Alex Keith, Zero Waste Alliance, Portland, Oregon
    Phone: (503) 279-9383,
Compact Fluorescent Lamp Recycling Project,
covering project purpose and scope, sponsors and
    participants, how the research, quanitification, and collection is occuring, recycling options, and case studies.
    Full Presentation (PDF document)

  Cathy Buller, PPRC
    (on behalf of Michelle Gaither, PPRC)

    On: Alternatives to Mercury-Bearing Products And Equipment, a spreadsheet listing of mercury
    containing products for which non-mercury alternatives are available for many applications and end uses.
    Listing (Excel document)

  Cathy Buller, PPRC
    (on behalf of Kinley Deller, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County)
    Kinley Deller's Contact Information: (206) 296-4434,

    On: Purchasing Pointers: Making the Shift to Non-Mercury Devices, covering different purchasing schemes,
    determining ultimate cost savings of mercury alternatives, public relations benefits, convincing others
    this is important, policy, and promotion.
    Full presentation (Powerpoint document)



  Cathy Buller, PPRC
    (on behalf of Vicky Salazar, U.S. EPA, Seattle, Washington)
    Vicky Salazar's Contact Information: (206)553-1060.
    On: The National View, Synopsis Pending
Notes (?? document)

  Laura Weiss, Oregon Environmental Council
    Phone: (503) 222-1963, ext. 111,
    On: The State and Regional View, Synopsis Pending
    Notes (PDF document)

  Pamela Brody-Heine, Port of Portland
    Phone: (503)-944-7616 or Toll Free: 800-730-7282,
    On: The Business View, Synopsis Pending

  Josh Chaitin, Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Seattle, Washington     
    On: Local View,
regarding mercury issues and how King County is devising ways to address mercury
     over the long-term. King County will strongly encouraging both product stewardship and product
     reformulation. Mr. Chaitin states that as long as the same old sources exist (fluorescents, cars,
     HVAC systems, etc.), and no industry-sponsored tools or strategies are in place, local gov-
     ernments will only be able to prevent a portion of mercury from ending up in the environment.

Cathy Buller, PPRC, facilitated an ad-hoc session covering a wide-ranging series of questions, answers, and new ideas?to address roundtable attendees' areas of interest and expertise.

Ken Grimm, PPRC, presented:


Sustainable Hospitals Mercury Fact Sheets

New Hampshire Mercury Reduction Strategy

NEWMOA Mercury Program

NEWMOA Mercury Reduction Programs Database

Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products Database

City of Palo Alto Mercury Pollution Prevention Page

U.S. Geological Survey Mercury Research

Waste Management and Research Center's mercury Page

Indiana Dept of Environmental Management Mercury Information and Programs

National Atmospheric Deposition Program's Mercury Deposition Network

Massachusetts Mercury Elimination Site

MASCO (Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization, Inc.) Mercury Work Group

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Mercury Page

North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention Mercury Reduction Strategy

Ohio EPA Mercury Reduction Site

Clean Car Campaign
(Includes change-out instructions for mercury light switches and anti-lock brake switches).

Toxics in Vehicles (and statistical summary of mercury use in vehicles)

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency “Mercury-Free Zone"

Mercury Fact Sheet for Health Professionals

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Fact Sheet on Minnesota's Thermostat Recycling Program

Mercury Topic Hubs by the Pollution prevention Regional Information Center (Mercury) (Thermostats) (Healthcare) (Schools) (Automotive) (Dental)
Peaks to Prairies - Mercury Thermostat Recycling

Bethlehem Apparatus Company, Inc.

An Investigation of Alternatives to Mercury Containing Products - Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (for the State of Maine)


NameOrganization Telephone
Anch Bergeson Washington State Department of Ecology (360) 407-6609
Patti Best Idaho Department of Environmental Quality 208-373-0146
Abby Boudouris Oregon Department of Environmental Quality 503-229-6108
Pamela Brody-Heine (speaker) Port of Portland 503-944-7616
Cathy Buller (facilitator) Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) 206-352-2050
Kathy Carlson Southwest Clean Air Agency 360-574-3058 ext. 14
Josh Chaitin (speaker) Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County 206-263-3076
Amy Chapman Lincoln County Environmental Health 541-265-6611, ext. 2442
Lee Costanzo Bonneville Power Administration 503-230-5568
Jeff Christensen Oregon DEQ 503-229-6391
Dave Davies Washington State Department of Ecology 360-407-6339
Bob Drake U.S. EPA Region 10 206-553-4803
Deb Elkins (speaker) Northwest Automotive Trade Association (NATA) 503-253-9898 or 1-800-730-7282
Mike Gallagher (speaker) Washington State Department of Ecology 360-407-6868
Carolyn Gangmark U.S. EPA Region 10 206-553-4072
John Greeley Clean Water Services 503-846-8922
Ken Grimm (speaker) PPRC 206-352-2050
Chris Hagarbaumer Oregon Environmental Council 503-222-1963, ext. 102
Lynn Helbrecht Washington State Department of Ecology (360) 407-6760
Patricia Jatczak Washington State Department of Ecology (360) 407-6358
Alex Keith (speaker) Zero Waste Coalition 503-279-9383
Natalia Kreitzer Southwest Clean Air Agency 360-574-3058, Ext. 39
Rhett Lawrence Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) 503-231-4181, x313
Tee Little Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) (907) 269-7586
Nancy Mears Washington State Department of Ecology (360) 407-7249
Maria-Victoria Peeler Washington State Department of Ecology 360-407-6704
Robert Reick Washington State Department of Ecology 360-407-6751
Linda Reiter City of Tacoma 253-502-2159
Helen Rigg Idaho GEMStars 208-364-9900
Steve Sander Bonneville Power Administration 503-230-4724
Lindsay Spencer Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department 253-798-4783
Tom Turner Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) 907-269-7582
Laura Weiss (speaker) Oregon Environmental Council 503-222-1963, ext. 111
Chris Wiley PPRC 206-352-2050

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