We were able to get only one person to volunteer for each office so elections were not necessary. Our new officers are:
President Dale Kaiser
Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008, MS-6335
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6335
Vice President David Gaffin
National Weather Service
5974 Commerce Blvd.
Morristown, TN 37814
Sec/Treasurer Gloria (Glo) Turner
Retired Earth-Space Science Teacher
2559 Walnut Ridge Way
Sevierville, TN 37862
Our speaker for the night (Steve Lindberg) spoke on "Mercury beyond Oak Ridge -- The Global Perspective: Musings from a 30-year Career in Mercury Research at ORNL". Steve did a wonderful presentation showing some of the Mercury pollution highlights of his career. He reminded us of the Minamata Bay Japan Incident beginning in 1953 and explained the history including thousands of deaths and illnesses from methyl mercury the form most harmful to the environment. This form of Mercury quickly enters the atmosphere. It is produced from land fills, especially when landfill gases are burned. In the past this form of mercury as well as elemental mercury has been released by the work done at Oakridge, by many industries especially
those using chlorine and in mining, and metal refining. Mercury is also added to or air anytime things burn like forest fires. When Mercury enters the Atmosphere it is quickly transported around the globe.
After the presentation we adjourned to Kashmir restaurant for some good Indian food.
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