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These databases, resources, and publications include information about mercury. You may also wish to view related information on research about mercury.

Mercury Lamp Drum-Top Crusher Study - Drum-top mercury lamp crushers are devices used to improve waste lamp storage and transport, and reduce costs associated with lamp recycling. EPA released this study in August 2006 to provide information on the performance of these devices. EPA believes that this information should help states, users of mercury-containing lamps, and lamp recyclers make more informed decisions when managing fluorescent lamps.

Mercury Study Report to Congress - EPA prepared this report to fulfill requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Published in 1997, it is an eight volume assessment of the magnitude of U.S. mercury emissions by source; the health and environmental impacts of those emissions; and the availability and cost of control technologies.

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) - EPA released the 2004 TRI Data (PDF) (228 pp, 3 MB, About PDF) on April 12, 2006. For Reporting Year 2004, 23,675 facilities, including federal facilities, reported to EPA's TRI Program. They reported 4.24 billion pounds of on-site and off-site disposal or other releases of toxic chemicals. Total disposal or other releases of mercury and mercury compounds amounted to 4.8 million pounds in 2004 (see page 12 of the Report). The TRI Explorer provides access to the TRI data to help communities identify specific facilities and chemical release patterns that warrant further study and analysis. Combined with hazard and exposure information, the TRI Explorer can be a valuable tool for risk identification.

National Emissions Inventory for Criteria and Hazardous Air Pollutants - The EPA has released the 1999 National Emissions Inventory for Criteria and Hazardous Air Pollutants. It is the most recent inventory available. The 1996 National Toxics Inventory and the 1999 Emission Inventory data and documentation are no longer available.

National Air Toxics Assessment - As part of EPA's National Air Toxics Assessment activities, EPA conducted a national-scale assessment of 33 air pollutants including mercury.

Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic (PBT) Chemicals Rules - EPA has published two final rules that lowered the TRI reporting thresholds for certain persistent bioaccumulative toxic (PBT) chemicals and added certain other PBT chemicals to the TRI list of toxic chemicals. These PBT chemicals are of particular concern not only because they are toxic but also because they remain in the environment for long periods of time, are not readily destroyed, and build up or accumulate in body tissue.

Mercury and Fish Consumption Advisories - State and local governments issue fish consumption advisories when the fish are unsafe to eat. The advisories may suggest that people avoid eating certain kinds or certain amounts of fish. Some advisories apply to specific water types (like lakes). Visit this link to learn more about methylmercury in fish and fish consumption advisories.

IRIS Health Assessment for Mercury and Methylmercury - Information about the human health effects that may result from exposure to mercury and methylmercury (separate health assessments). The Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) is a database of human health effects that may result from exposure to various substances found in the environment. The information in IRIS is intended for those without extensive training in toxicology, but with some knowledge of health sciences.

Envirofacts Master Chemical Integrator (EMCI) for Mercury - EMCI identifies chemicals found in several different EPA office system databases: the Aerometric Information Retrieval System, the Permit Compliance System, and the Toxics Release Inventory System. Using this integrator, you can learn details about a chemical substance, such as chemical names, discharge limits, and reported releases, without having to know how the chemical is identified in the various EPA office systems.

EPA Great Waters Program - Documents, including EPA's Third Report to Congress, about the deposition of air pollutants to the Great Waters, a collective term for the Great Lakes, the Chesapeake Bay, Lake Champlain, and coastal waters (identified by their designation as sites in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System or the National Estuary Program).

Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) Mercury-Added Products DatabaseExit EPA Disclaimer- This NEWMOA (Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association) database presents information submitted to IMERC on the amount and purpose of mercury in consumer products. The database is intended to inform consumers, recyclers, policy makers and others about: products that contain intentionally-added mercury and the amount of mercury, along with the manufacturers of these products.

Mercury Reductions Programs DatabaseExit EPA Disclaimer- Developed and maintained by NEWMOA (Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association), this is a database for searching where mercury reduction programs are taking place nationally. You can also add information about a program that your organization has created to reduce mercury.

Mercury Deposition Network (MDN)Exit EPA Disclaimer- MDN is a national database of weekly concentrations of total mercury in precipitation and the seasonal and annual flux of total mercury in wet deposition. It can be used to develop information on spatial and seasonal trends in mercury deposited to surface waters, forested watersheds, and other sensitive receptors. MDN is part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP), a nationwide network of precipitation monitoring sites run cooperatively by many different groups. The NADP Program Office is located at the Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign, IL and is one of five scientific units at the Water Survey. The Water Survey is an affiliated agency of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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