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Mercury is unfortunately the downside of these bulbs. An increase in mercury in landfill and in water should be expected over the years
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/2007/1853382.htm

The flicker rate of fluro’s can apparently also cause issues for people that suffer from (photosensitive) epilepsy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosensitive_epilepsy