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Date: Friday, March 30, 2001

Release #100-01

Contact: Sunny Mindel/ Sid Dinsay
(212) 788-2958

Mayor Giuliani Signs Bill Banning Use Of And
Prohibiting Sale Of Mercury Gauges

Remarks by Mayor Giuliani at Public Hearing on Local Laws

The first bill before me today is Introductory Number 832-A, sponsored by Council Member Spigner. The bill would amend the City's Administrative Code by banning the use of mercury gauges to test gas piping, drainage, and vent systems. It would also prohibit the sale of mercury gauges and the sale of replacement mercury for these gauges.

Historically, mercury has been used in test gauges because of its accuracy. Mercury, however, is a toxic substance that can cause serious and chronic health problems. Today, there are safe and accurate test gauges available that do not use mercury.

By banning the use of mercury in test gauges, this legislation will help to safeguard New Yorkers against the dangers posed by this toxic substance.

For the reasons previously stated, I will now sign the bill.

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