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FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Dim bulbs at Avista

I see by the paper that Avista needs a rate hike. After all, they bought all those light bulbs and spent all that money propping up the U.S Postal Service by sending the bulbs to their customers via Priority Mail. That must have cost them a chunk of change.

A wise choice that, except for the part about the care and disposal of said bulbs. If you break one of them, the EPA recommends that you remove people and pets from the room, open a window for 15 minutes or more and shut off forced-air heat/air. Cleanup involves sealed bags, damp paper towels, no vacuuming or sweeping and “never send a fluorescent light bulb or any other mercury-containing product to an incinerator.”

Fortunately, Spokane has a hazardous waste curbside pickup service. Oh, wait. No we don’t. And our trash goes to an incinerator. Oops! Avista suggests we schlep burned-out and broken bulbs to recycling centers. That’ll happen.

According to “settled case law,” corporations are “persons.” Where does one go to sign this particular “person” up for remedial education?

Bernadette Powers


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