mercury control News

  • Large mercury control market just around the corner

    The U.S., which was behind Europe in reducing SO2 from power plants, took the lead in mercury reduction with its Clean Air Mercury Rule.  This rule would have guaranteed a large near-term market for mercury control technologies and chemicals.  Since this rule promulgation, there have been two developments which promise to make the market even bigger.  But, ironically, they have also caused ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • EU close to agreeing mercury device controls

    EU governments and the European parliament’s rapporteur MEP have struck a compromise deal paving the way for a ban on mercury in all fever thermometers. The restrictions will also cover similar measuring devices, such as barometers, that are intended for public sale. A committee of EU member state representatives formally backed the first-reading deal on Tuesday. But the accord has yet to ...

  • Mercury 2013 Press Conference

    Panel: Loic Viatte, Swedish Ministry for the Environment Dr Lesley Sloss, Chair of Mercury 2013 and Principal Environmental Consultant at IEA Clean Coal Centre and Lead - Coal Mercury Partnership area at the UNEP John Topper, Managing Director, IEA Clean Coal Centre and Managing Director of the GHG Group Dr David Piper, Deputy Head of the Chemicals ...

  • Is There Mercury in Your Skin Cream?

    Health officials inCaliforniahave traced the mercury poisoning of a 39 year old woman to skin-lightening cream fromMexico. Last month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that at least 22 people in five households inCaliforniaandVirginiahad used mercury-laced skin-lightening creams made inMexico. Twelve Californians and ten Virginians had elevated levels of mercury in ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Novinda Introduces a New Non-Carbon Solid Reagent for Mercury Emission Control

    Novinda Corp. announces the availability of a new generation of ...


    By Novinda Corp.

  • Multibillion dollar market for mercury reduction

    There is a multibillion dollar market for the reduction of emissions of mercury to the air on a worldwide basis. This is the conclusion of the McIlvaine Company in Mercury Air Reduction Markets. (www.mcilvainecompany.com) Significant conclusions are: The U.S. is leading the way, but other countries are close behind The ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • Questions and answers on EU Mercury Policy

    What is mercury? Mercury is familiar to many as a silver-coloured liquid which expands and contracts in a thermometer to show the temperature. It is also known as “quicksilver” or "hydrargyrum" (i.e. liquid silver) and is represented by the symbol Hg. Mercury is the only metal that is liquid at ambient room temperature. It is a chemical element and therefore indestructible. ...

  • Global Agreement on Mercury Pollution In the Works

    The soaring price of gold may be increasing mercury pollution locally and worldwide. The poisonous heavy metal is used to extract gold from ore in many artisanal mining operations which involve millions of workers and their families. Experts also worry that the increased burning of coal, which naturally contains mercury, is causing the toxic to be released into the air and spread around the ...

  • Mercury Marine`s environmental stewardship

    A recent expansion at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac Wisconsin has caught the attention of professionals in the energy and environmental industries.   At an event this past May, the Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers (WAEE) showcased Mercury's new process equipment and pollution control system.  The 75 attendees consisted of facility engineers, plant managers, project managers, ...

  • Better estimates of worldwide mercury pollution

    Original story at MIT News Once mercury is emitted into the atmosphere from the smokestacks of power plants, the pollutant has a complicated trajectory; even after it settles onto land and sinks into oceans, mercury can be re-emitted back into the atmosphere repeatedly. This so-called “grasshopper ...

  • Mercury in fish is a global health concern

    As the world’s governments convene next week to discuss developing a legally binding treaty on mercury, citizens’ groups from around the world have released a new report calling attention to the significant global human health hazards caused bymercury in fish and fish-eating marine mammals. The international Zero Mercury Working Group (1) released the study, which maintains that the problem ...

  • Succimer found ineffective for removing Mercury

    Succimer, a drug used for treating lead poisoning, does not effectively remove mercury from the body, according to research supported by the National Institutes of Health. Some families have turned to succimer as an alternative therapy for treating autism. "Succimer is effective for treating children with lead poisoning, but it does not work very well for mercury," said Walter Rogan, M.D., head ...

  • Forest fires increase mercury emissions

    Mercury is a global pollutant arising from many sources, including biomass burning (BMB), which includes both wildfires and intentional fires to clear land. A recent study estimates that mercury emissions from BMB make up 8 per cent of total global mercury emissions. Mercury emissions from BMB have received growing attention. Forests in particular act as mercury sinks because atmospheric mercury ...

  • WEEE recycling firm faces mercury charges

    An electrical recycling firm charged with exposing employees to mercury will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 20 July. Electrical Waste Recycling Group, based in Kirkheaton in Huddersfield, is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. Company director Craig Thompson is also facing charges. The firm recycles waste electrical and electronic equipment, including light tubes ...

  • Mercury 2013 to examine effectiveness of global treaty

    A legally binding agreement to reduce global mercury emissions was signed by 140 countries in January this year, amid delight that an important milestone had been reached in the control of toxic mercury emissions. However, the effectiveness of the treaty will be assessed by a panel of experts during ‘Mercury 2013’ - the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) ...

  • New England Fish Chowder, Hold the Mercury, Please

    BOSTON, Massachusetts, December 31, 2007 (ENS) - A plan by the Northeast states to lower mercury levels in fish throughout New England and New York has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. The plan calls for a 98 percent reduction from 1998 levels of mercury from atmospheric sources in order to make mercury levels in fish low enough for the states to lift fish ...

  • EPA moves to slash mercury from gold production

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to cut emissions from gold ore processing and production facilities, the sixth largest source of mercury air emissions in the country. Today’s action is one of several steps EPA is taking to reduce mercury, which can damage children’s developing brains and nervous systems, even before they are born. EPA’s proposal would reduce annual ...

  • WEEE firm fined for exposing workers to mercury fumes

    A Glasgow-based Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment firm and its director have been fined £145,000 for exposing workers to toxic mercury fumes at its Huddersfield recycling plant. Employees including one who was pregnant, of Electrical Waste Recycling Group, were poisoned when ventilation systems failed at its recycling plant. The firm recycles WEEE including fluorescent light tubes ...

  • Arctic Council States welcome Minamata Convention on Mercury

    The Minamata Convention, a global agreement "to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds," will be opened for signature in Minamata, Japan from October 9-11. The Arctic Council States and Permanent Participant organizations welcome the new agreement, recognizing that the Council's scientific work has contributed greatly to ...

  • EPA admits error in proposed mercury MACT rule

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has acknowledged in a letter to non-profit power trade organization Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) that it made a conversion error in the way mercury emissions data was calculated to set limits for the agency’s mercury maximum achievable control technology (MACT) floor in the proposed Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. EPA ...


    By Golden Specialty, Inc.

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