Mercury Is Out At NIST | March 7, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 10 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 10 | p. 34
Issue Date: March 7, 2011

Mercury Is Out At NIST

Standards agency quits calibration of mercury thermometers
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: NIST, mercury thermometers, mercury calibrations

One of the original activities of the National Institute of Standards & Technology is now history. As of March 1, NIST no longer provides calibration services for mercury thermometers.

The move marks the end of an era; the organization had been performing this service since it opened as the National Bureau of Standards in 1901. NIST says that closing its program is part of a larger government effort—in collaboration with the

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