Mercury Matters back  
Date of Record: November 9, 2010

Team Green of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles Wastewater Division are pleased to announce the opening of a Residential Mercury Collection Site! Items will be accepted for proper disposal and recycling at the Wastewater Division located at 1132 W. 18th Street,. Lake CharlesEvery Friday 9am - 2pm Questions? Contact Wastewater Pretreatment at 337-491-1450 or 337-491-9185 For a list of household items that are accepted at the site please view "Managing Mercury Matters!"

Only Fluorescent Lamps are accepted at Green Station No. 1 & Green Station No. 2. All other items containing mercury such as: thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent lights, old alkaline batteries, chemistry sets, and vials or jars of mercury, should be brought to the Mercury Recycling Center at the Wastewater Division.

Mercury Recycling Center
1132 West 18th St.
Green Station No. 1
4331 E. Broad St.
Green Station No. 2
.Alma Lane - Nelson Ball Field
Mercury Poisoning Hits Home
(City of Lake Charles, Louisiana)

A couple, whom at their request will remain nameless, recently reported an incident of mercury poisoning in their home. The couple's five month old baby was accidentally poisoned with mercury when the child's mother accidentally made the child's cereal using water that contained mercury.

The mercury had been collected from a recent spill that occurred in the home the day before. Apparently, the mercury was brought into the home by the father. His brother found the jar of elemental mercury at work while renovating an old dentist's office. The father saw his brother and a friend with the mercury. He explained to his brother and the brother's friend that mercury is very dangerous. The father was fascinated with the shiny liquid, so decided to bring some home. Both parents decided to keep the jar of mercury out of the child's reach by placing it in a Ziploc bag and storing it in the top of a closet within the home.

The mercury was spilled when the jar containing it was accidentally broken while cleaning the closet. The spill was immediately cleaned and the child's father placed the mercury collected into a water bottle with a small amount of water. The water bottle was left on the counter. The next morning, the mother used the same water bottle to make the child's breakfast. When the mother realized that she had inadvertently fed poison to her baby, she was horrified. The father remembered reading an article in the Lake Charles American Press on the dangers of mercury; they immediately knew to call the Poison Control Center. Afterwards, they rushed the baby to the emergency room. The doctors treated the baby aggressively for several days.

Because of the parents' quick action and the rapid treatment by the attending medical staff, the mercury did not reach the child's bloodstream. Attending physicians expect the baby to make a full recovery without any foreseen developmental problems. The family has shared their story with us because they want to emphasize that the threat of mercury is very real and they want people not to be fooled by mercury's appearance. Even though it looks pretty, mercury is a very dangerous poison that is not to be played or experimented with.

Mercury Education

We would like the opportunity to provide school educators and citizens with a basic understanding of the environmental and health impacts of mercury. This will enable you to more effectively integrate mercury reduction and awareness activities. As participants, you will also gain an understanding of key educational principles, why mercury is important, history and current usages of mercury and how to deal with mercury.

Mercury Course for Educators
Environment2020 by Entergy

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