Marshall opposes light bulb ban
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RICHMOND — Del. Bob Marshall doesn’t want the federal government telling Virginians what kind of light bulbs to use.

The Prince William County Republican has introduced legislation to allow the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs within Virginia’s borders after new federal energy standards take effect.

The bill, which is pending in a House subcommittee, is one of a handful seeking to blunt what conservative lawmakers consider federal intrusion into state prerogatives.

“This is a 10th Amendment issue,” Marshall said, invoking the provision that reserves for states all powers not specifically given to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution.

But it’s also a safety issue, Marshall said. He said the more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs, contain high levels of mercury, which can be hazardous if bulbs break. He said a single CFL contains enough mercury to pollute 6,000 gallons of water.

“You need a small hazmat operation if you break one,” Marshall said. “I want Virginians to have safe lighting in their homes.”

Marshall is not alone in resisting the federal mandate to convert to CFLs and halogen lights, which also are more energy efficient than standard bulbs. Seven other states have legislation pending to deal with the issue, according to the National Conference of State Legi…………… continues on Staunton News Leader

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Building A Better Bulb: Lighting Revolution Advances
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Despite an outcry from U.S. conservatives that new lighting efficiency standards infringe on personal freedom, legislation mandating greater efficiency became law on January 1. Those new standards, along with major progress in lighting research and development, are helping usher in a technological revolution: Lighting companies — both large and small, in the U.S. and abroad — are rapidly building a better light bulb.

The incandescent bulbs that have lit the world since their invention by Thomas Edison are on their way out, to be replaced by newer technologies offering dramatic improvements in efficiency, energy use, and other environmental impacts.

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