Mercury Reduction in Washington

Ecology and the Department of Health worked with stakeholders to develop Washington’s Mercury Chemical Action Plan in 2003. See here for updates on mercury reduction in Washington state.

Mercury Products and Sources

Auto Switches | Thermostats | Switches and Relays | Thermometers Barometers and Altimeters | Dairy Manometers | Dental WasteLamps/ Light Bulbs | Batteries | Novelties and Toys | MedicineManufacturing | Mining | Power Plants | Biosolids | Incinerators

Mercury Laws, Rules and Plans

Mercury Education and Reduction Act (MERA)| Mercury Chemical Action Plan | Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxics Rule | Universal Waste Rules

Mercury and Its Compounds

Toxicity and Health Effects | Historical Uses of Mercury

Mercury Reduction Data

Total Reductions | Fish Tissue | Mercury in Biosolids | Deposition in Core Samples | Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Emissions | Thermostats Recycled | Landfill Gas | Mercury Deposition Network

Mercury-reduction Partnerships

Related information

Mercury Releases and Spills is a page from the federal EPA that tells how to clean up.

Ecology's PBT Initiative Ecology is working to eliminate priority Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins and toxic metals from Washington’s environment.

Mercury in Fish at the Washington State Department of Health

Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) offers a large amount of information on reducing the amount of mercury in the environment. Washington is a member of this multi-state initiative.

Biosolids as an Indicator of the Effectiveness of Mercury Reduction Programs is a report on reductions in the mercury content of biosolids produced at treatment facilities serving municipalities with mercury reduction programs.

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) is a flame retardant that is the subject of the second Chemical Action Plan.

Lead Chemical Action Plan is the third Chemical Action Plan, recently issued.


Watch the Mercury Drop


Manage Waste for Auto Recyclers

Ecology leads on reducing toxics, joins EPA's partnership

How to Build a Bulb Carrier from a reused six-pack beverage carrier.

Bulb Clean-up cleaning up a broken mercury-containing bulb