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  • MA DEP mercury regulations

    Name & Citation of Regulation(s) Collection, Recycling, Labeling and Sales Ban of Mercury-added Products; and Disposal Prohibition of Mercury-added Products in Solid Waste–310 CMR 19.00 (amended), 74.00 (amended), 75.00 (amended), 76.00 (added). Brief Explanation and Rationale for Changes Signed into law in July 2006, the “Massachusetts ...


    By Practical Applications, Inc.

  • Mercury Thermostat Collection Act

    Mercury Thermostat Collection Act New waste management requirements are going into effect this year for wall-mounted, ...


    By Connexion

  • Compact Fluorescent Disposal Simplified

    CFLs have gained momentum with the latest green push and Wal-Mart's commitment to sell 100 million over the next year. Despite high front-end costs, compact fluorescents use 50-80% less energy and last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescents. Additionally, CFLs reduce air and water pollution, give off high-quality light and can be used nearly everywhere. Despite the obvious ...


    By Air Cycle Corporation

  • EU set to lock down mercury

    Environmental and health NGOs were very pleased that decision makers have found an agreement to implement an EU wide ban on exports of mercury and to safely store the surplus. In a 2nd reading plenary vote, the European Parliament approved the compromise amendments previously agreed with the Council. “Reason reigned at the end, narrowly overturning the threat of a dealbreaker, said Elena ...

  • GM pulls out of mercury partnership

    General Motors has quit working with a partnership that collects toxic parts from scrapped automobiles, jeopardizing an effort to prevent mercury pollution just as hundreds of thousands of clunkers are headed to recyclers. Participants in the environmental program told The Associated Press the timing of GM’s departure could hurt their work. The government’s 'cash-for-clunkers' program will lead ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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. ...

  • `Activated carbon`: effective at locking away mercury

    Mercury is often removed from industrial emissions with 'activated carbon' which is then disposed of. A recent study assesses the adsorption of mercury by four types of activated carbon and demonstrates that they all provide a permanent means of locking away mercury. As part of the EU Mercury Strategy1 emissions of mercury from major industrial sources are subject to the EU legislation on air ...

  • Mercury released from products down by 88%

    Mercury released from products such as thermometers and dental amalgam is much lower now than it was in 1990, but such releases continue to be a dangerous source of environmental contamination, according to new research conducted by an environmental scientist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. Releases to air and land caused by products that contain mercury decreased an estimated ...

  • Call for International Ban on Liquid Mercury in CFLs

    Leading CFL manufacturer Megaman has called for an international ban on cheap bulbs which contain mercury in liquid form. The entire Megaman range of lighting products are free of liquid mercury and they feel that consumer safety is being compromised by lax regulations which allow inferior – and potentially hazardous - products to be sold through shops and Internet retailers. The ...


    By Megaman (UK) Limited

  • 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 ...

  • Many in the U.S. still Encounter Mercury Hazards

    EMSL Analytical offers testing solutions for mercury and other heavy metals to protect people and the environment. Cinnaminson, NJ, October 11th, 2010 Egyptian tombs dating back to 1500 BC have been found to contain mercury.  Mercury is a metal that is in a liquid state at standard conditions for temperature and pressure.  Due to mercury’s unique ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Use of mercury in gold mining stirs controversy in Brazil

    Scientists in Brazil have expressed concern that new regulations in the country's Amazonas state continue to permit the use of mercury in gold mining, and have put forward what they say are more environmentally-friendly alternatives. Mercury is used mainly in small-scale 'artisanal' mining, using amalgamation processes that extract gold from other minerals by binding it to the mercury, and then ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Commission welcomes new global agreement to tackle mercury

    Today the European Commission welcomed the successful conclusion of the multilateral negotiations to address the global threat posed to human health and the environment by mercury. This follows the decision of the Governing Council of UNEP in February 2009 to develop a global legally binding instrument on mercury and the subsequent creation of an International Negotiating Committee to conclude on ...

  • Commission welcomes voluntary agreement on safe storage of mercury

    The European Commission welcomes a voluntary agreement to ensure the safe storage of surplus mercury from the European chlor-alkali industry, once a ban on exports of the highly toxic metal from the European Union takes effect. The legislation requires that mercury that is no longer used, be stored in a way preventing its release. Euro Chlor, the European association of the chlor-alkali industry ...


    By European Commission

  • Jerome Mercury Detection – Innovation Across the Globe

    Arizona Instrument’s line of Jerome® toxic gas analyzers is designed to provide accurate and reliable data in compact, rugged and easy to use packages. Our patented gold film sensor technology in particular is referenced in countless other patents dealing with mercury waste and removal, just some of which are listed below. Jerome is a trusted standard when it comes to ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • Safeguarding human health from the effects of mercury

    Mercury is widely considered to be among the highest priority environmental pollutants of concern on the global scale. Although occupational exposure to inorganic mercury is a continuous problem, possible effects on broader sections of the population resulting from widespread dispersal of mercury in the environment has become a major concern in recent years. Mercury has been targeted by agencies ...

  • New Jersey bans disposal of electronic waste

    Televisions, computers, cellphones and other electronic devices will not be allowed in New Jersey garbage cans and landfills after January 1, 2009 under a new law signed by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine Tuesday because of the toxic materials they contain. 'The type of waste generated by televisions and computers, while relatively small in volume, accounts for a significant percentage of this ...

  • Hanford Landfill reaches 15 million tons disposed - waste disposal mark shows success cleaning up river corridor

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors have disposed of 15 million tons of contaminated material at the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF) since the facility began operations in 1996. Removing contaminated material and providing for its safe disposal prevents contaminants from reaching the groundwater and the Columbia River. ERDF receives contaminated soil, ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • Cleanup Work to Begin at Mercury Refining Superfund Site On Colonie

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the cleanup of contaminated soil and sediment will begin next week at the Mercury Refining Superfund site, a mercury reclamation facility in the towns of Colonie and Guilderland, New York. Past waste disposal activities contaminated soil and storm water that drained off the site and into an unnamed tributary to the Patroon Creek with ...

  • Mercury incident at Yakima home requires EPA emergency cleanup

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has completed an emergency cleanup of elemental mercury at a residential home in the South 15th Ave. and Nob Hill neighborhood of Yakima, Washington. EPA worked closely with Yakima Health District and the Washington State Department of Ecology to complete the cleanup and ensure that public health and the environment were not harmed. An EPA contractor in ...

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