Back in November, the I-Team reported on the dangers of compact fluorescent light bulbs called CFLs. They contain mercury; a toxin experts say can cause developmental delays and other neurological problems. Environmentalists worry that when hundreds of millions of these CFLs burn out or break, people will just throw them away. If they end up in a landfill, the mercury can leak out into the environment.
After seeing our report, Alderman Fioretti called for public hearings about the risk CFLs could have on the environment. The hearings have not yet been held.
Fioretti anticipates his light bulb recycling ordinance will go to the City Council's Committee on Energy, Environmental Protection and Public Utilities later this month and then to the full council in September.