Mercury Absurdities

Published April 27, 2006

Dear Editor:

The Governor’s obsession with mercury has now taken a turn for the absurd by requiring auto-recyclers to remove it from junked cars [“Law targets mercury in junked vehicles,” April 26].

Reports show recycled mercury often finds its way to Third World countries, where it gets used by gold miners in a process that puts it back into the atmosphere, where it can circle the globe four times, coming right back down into our lakes and streams. Maybe we’re better off leaving it in the cars.


Ralph Conner

Ralph Conner ([email protected]) is government relations manager for The Heartland Institute.