Philips Pledges To Reduce Mercury And Lead In Manufacturing

Company will cut 780 pounds of mercury by next year, and 1.5 million pounds of lead by 2010.

Philips Lighting, a manufacturer of industrial and consumer lighting products, said Wednesday that it will substantially reduce mercury and eliminate lead in the making of fluorescent lighting products at its four U.S. plants as part of an EPA effort to reduce certain priority chemicals in products and waste.

Philips said it will reduce 780 pounds of mercury by next year from the manufacture of its fluorescent lighting products. That amount would roughly equal a reduction of two tons of mercury in the production of light bulbs over the next five years.

The company will also eliminate a total of 1.5 million pounds of lead from its manufacturing processes by 2010.

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