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The industry's self-commitment to phase out mercury use in the chlor-alkali industry

The industry's self-commitment to phase out mercury use in the chlor-alkali industry

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Uploaded 01 Oct 2013 by GRID-Arendal
Year: 2013
From collection: Mercury - Time to act
Author: GRID-Arendal
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Efforts to confront the threat posed by mercury to human health and the environment have grown over the last decades. There are a number of initiatives aiming, for example, to reduce the use of mercury in products, to remediate sites and to clean up historic pollution. Some countries have introduced far-reaching regulations. Global action, however, has been rather limited. In 2008, United States of America (USA) introduced its Mercury Export Ban Act, which bans the export of mercury from the USA from 1 January 2013. It also includes provisions on long-term mercury management and storage. Because the USA is one of the world’s top mercury exporters, implementation of the act will remove a significant amount from the global mar- ket (US EPA, 2012). The European Union (EU) banned mercury exports in 2011. Under EU law, mercury that is no longer used by the chlor-alkali industry or that is produced in certain other industrial operations must be put into safe storage. Although the E ...
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