Shedding light on new bulb mandate
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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former Staten Islander Mario Buatta, who is celebrating his 50th year as an interior designer, has remade homes for stars like Mariah Carey and Barbara Walters. And with lighting as a central element to his work, he was displeased when he learned about the government-mandated energy-saving light bulbs.

“Oh, that’s disgusting,” he said.

On July 12, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act, a vehicle for opponents trying to counteract the government’s mandate on the use of energy-efficient light bulbs, failed to pass.

When broken, energy-saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs can emit mercury, a neurotoxin especially harmful to pregnant women and young children. However, General Electric (GE) claims that these concerns over CFL bulbs are unwarranted.

GE says the amount of mercury contained in these CFL bulbs is equivalent to about the tip of a ballpoint pen, and if users break these bulbs, they will …………… continues on
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