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  • Mercury Analysis

    Characteristics of Mercury What is Mercury? Mercury is a naturally occurring silver-colored metallic element noted for its occurrence as a liquid at room temperature and toxic to living organisms. This silvery, opaque liquid metal is very dense, yet has a high surface tension that causes it to form tiny perfect spheres in the pores of the rocks it is found in. It is ...


    By HORIBA Europe GmbH

  • 3 Questions: Amanda Giang on controlling Mercury Pollution in India and China

    Original story at MIT News MIT graduate student studies how a new U.N. treaty could affect mercury emissions from coal power plants in Asia. The Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global treaty ...

  • Appraising the Global Mercury Project: an adaptive management approach to combating mercury pollution in small-scale gold mining

    This paper appraises the initiatives of the Global Mercury Project (GMP); a project designed to minimise the impacts of mercury use in the artisanal and small-scale gold-mining (ASM) sector. The environmental and health impacts of mercury use at ASM sites have local, national and global implications that need to be reconciled with the benefits of poverty reduction and economic opportunity. The ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 'Fair trade' gold: A key to alleviating mercury pollution in sub-Saharan Africa?

    This paper critically assesses the ability of 'Fair Trade' gold to reduce mercury usage in small-scale gold mines through standard setting. It identifies the barriers – both practical and theoretical – that must be overcome to bring such an initiative to fruition. It concludes by questioning the auditing approach, asking whether the tenets of Fair-Trade-discourse of 'partnership' and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Detecting Mercury in Water

    Determination of Mercury (Hg) in Water by Hand-Held, Portable Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence SpectrometryWater is the most familiar and most abundant compound on Earth, making up 71% of its surface area.[1]It is a vital component for all known forms of life and is the aquatic habitat for thousands of species of microalgae, fish and shellfish. [2] With the presence of running water in our ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • Agreement on mercury finally here

    In Geneva 19 January 2013, due to successful interaction between science and policy making, governments within the UN agreed to a global, legally-binding treaty to prevent emissions and releases of mercury. Prof. Jozef Pacyna and his team at NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research, have played a major role in providing the UN policy makers with scientific justification for the treaty. 30 year ...

  • Will the new global mercury treaty be effective?

    Original story at MIT News MIT researcher Noelle Selin assesses the challenges of implementing the first global mercury treaty. After four years of negotiations, delegates from more than 140 countries met last January to finalize the first global treaty to mitigate and prevent mercury pollution, the ...

  • Transboundary Pollution

    All pollutants can be transported through the aquatic environment and atmosphere, and many accumulate in downstream water bodies and their biota. The probability that pollution will cause transboundary impacts depends on the location of its source in relation to national boundaries, as well as the time it takes for a given pollutant to degrade. In general, microbial pollution is primarily a local ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Health and environmental training in mercury-contaminated areas

    In 50 countries small-scale miners recover gold by amalgamation process, using excessive quantities of mercury. Fifteen million artisanal gold miners apply this process and 100 million people might depend upon these activities. Small-scale mining adds extensively to the worldwide release of mercury into the environment. The University of Munich assessed the health of people living in mining ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fact sheet: EPA mercury rules and power reliability

    New rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce mercury and other toxic air emissions will affect dozens of antiquated power plants currently operating without pollution controls. These rules have stirred debate in some circles as to whether retrofitting or retiring outdated plants will cause shortfalls in electricity capacity. How will EPA mercury rules influence the ...

  • Legal Lookout: EPA Expands Mercury Reduction Program

    Untitled Document Mercury is a naturally occurring metal found in the Earth’s crust. At high doses, mercury is known to cause adverse human health effects. Over the past several ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • ZERO MERCURY - Key issues and policy recommendations for the EU Strategy on Mercury (December 2005)

    Mercury is a highly toxic metal, causing damage to the nervous system even at relatively low levels of exposure. It is particularly harmful to the development of unborn children. It collects in human and animal bodies and can be concentrated through the food chain, especially in certain types of fish. The Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection has recommended that ...

  • Mercury Policy and Science in Northeastern North America: The Mercury Action Plan of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers

    In June 1998 the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG--ECP) adopted a comprehensive regional Mercury Action Plan (MAP) with aggressive emission reduction and pollution prevention goals for the New England States, the Atlantic Provinces and Quebec. New Jersey and New York have also been active participants. The NEG--ECP MAP was motivated by, and based on, extensive data ...


    By Springer

  • Monitoring - Pollution Prevention Guidelines

    Introduction Pollution Prevention Guidelines to provide technical advice and guidance to staff and consultants involved in pollution-related projects. The guidelines represent state-of-the-art thinking on how to reduce pollution emissions from the production process. In many cases, the guidelines provide numerical targets for reducing pollution, as well as maximum ...


    By The World Bank

  • Air Rule for Cement Kilns Requires 92 Percent Cut in Mercury Emissions

    Portland cement kilns will be required to reduce emissions of mercury by 92 percent as part of an Environmental Protection Agency final rule announced Aug. 9 that imposes controls for several toxic pollutants. Although most of the emissions standards in the final rule are less stringent than what the agency had proposed in 2009, the cement industry said the cost to operate the required controls ...


    By Ohio Lumex Co., Inc.

  • Predictors of mercury spatial patterns in San Francisco Bay forage fish

    Pollution reduction efforts should be targeted towards those sources that result in the highest bioaccumulation. For mercury (Hg) in estuaries and other complex water bodies, carefully designed biosentinel monitoring programs can help identify predictors of bioaccumulation and inform management priorities for source reduction. We employed a probabilistic forage fish Hg survey with hypothesis ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The role of natural purified humic acids in modifying Mercury accessibility in water and soil

    Received for publication April 17, 2008. Contamination of soils with mercury can be a serious problem. It can be mobilized or stabilized by humic substances (HS) containing binding sites with reduced sulfur that can have different binding capacities for CH3Hg+ and for Hg2+. In this work we investigated the influence of different humic acids (HAs, extracted from lignite, compost, and forest soil) ...

  • Remediation of the mercury-contaminated sediments in Svartsjoarna with Geotube - Case Study

    The Challenge Svartsjoarna in Sweden are located near Paulistrom. Through the lake, a small river runs into the river Eman. This Eman river is considered to be one of the most valuable water courses in Sweden. The river has a very high diversity of fish species and animal like otter. Some parts of the river have very well developed meander systems. For these reasons, a remediation had to ...

  • The application of Flow Injection Technology to automating cold vapor MERCURY analyses

    This document describes the application of flow injection technology to cold vapor mercury analyses. It can be obtained from PerkinElmer by requesting method number ENVA-100. Appendices 1 and 2 show letters from the US EPA indicating acceptability through the Alternate Test Program for both drinking water and wastewater sample analysis. 1.0 Scope and Application 1.1 This ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Textiles Industry - Pollution Prevention Guidelines

    Introduction Pollution Prevention Guidelines to provide technical advice and guidance to staff and consultants involved in pollution-related projects. The guidelines represent state-of-the-art thinking on how to reduce pollution emissions from the production process. In many cases, the guidelines provide numerical targets for reducing pollution, as well as maximum ...


    By The World Bank

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