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  • US program removes one million mercury switches from scrap cars

    A US program that has cut more than one ton of mercury has reached a major milestone: 1 million switches have been removed from scrapped vehicles. The millionth mercury switch was removed through the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program, a collaboration among the US Environemtnal Protection Agency, automobile manufacturers, steel makers, scrap recyclers, automotive recyclers, states ...

  • 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 ...

  • EPA issues rule to reduce mercury releases from steel manufacturing facilities

    EPA issued new air emissions standards that will reduce mercury releases from steel manufacturers using electric arc furnaces.  The rule requires these steel making facilities to buy motor vehicle scrap from providers that participate in an EPA-approved program for the removal of mercury switches. This program, the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program, is designed to remove ...

  • Wrestling with e-waste

    Consumers are an ephemeral bunch.  They love their television sets, cell phones, computers, MP3 players and any other electronic equipment that enriches their daily lives. Yet they throw them away with such abandon that 50 million tons ends up discarded every year around the world, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. Most of this electronic waste (e-waste) ends up in landfills ...


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  • 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 ...


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  • 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 ...

  • As new global mercury treaty enters into force, worldwide mercury production skyrockets

    This week 156 countries convened for the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on mercury — yet at the same time a new UN report [1] shows mercury mining has skyrocketed in the last 5 years. Much of that mercury is used in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM), the largest source of global mercury pollution. Currently, countries do ...

  • Recycle e-waste as spring cleaning starts!

    Spring Recycling! It’s that time of year where people are working on their spring cleaning. But before you start clearing your house of clutter, be careful what you’re doing with your old electronics. Often times these items contain hazardous material like lead and mercury, which are harmful to the environment. Anything with a power chord or a circuit board should be ...


    By Dynamic Recycling

  • Auto Mercury-Recovery Programs Up and Running in All 50 States

    (Washington, D.C. - Sept. 27, 2007) Mercury air emissions will continue to decline thanks to a voluntary national program to remove mercury-containing switches from vehicles headed for scrap. In its first year, more than 635,000 switches have already been removed from end-of-life vehicles. Collectively, those switches represent 1,400 pounds of mercury – more than the average coal-fired power ...

  • Extended Producer Responsibility and the e-waste problem

    The practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is picking up steam, most notably in the information technology industry. A growing number of companies are taking on greater levels of responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products - from point of manufacturing through to end of the life recycling. E-waste recycling is taking off, but obstacles remain to its widespread ...

  • Extended producer responsibility and the e-waste problem

    The practice of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is picking up steam, most notably in the information technology industry. A growing number of companies are taking on greater levels of responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products - from point of manufacturing through to end of the life recycling. E-waste recycling is taking off, but obstacles remain to its widespread ...


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  • Great Lakes States Seek Comment on Mercury Reduction Strategy

    CHICAGO, Illinois, August 29, 2007 (ENS) - The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration has opened a 60 day public comment period for its Draft Great Lakes Mercury In Products Phase-Down Strategy. In April 2006, the GLRC began development of a basin-wide strategy for the phase-down of mercury in products and waste. The proposal calls for action in five product areas and five economic sectors ...

  • Portsmouth N.H. Scrap yard ordered to address polluted water discharges

    Discharges of polluted stormwater and other pollutant discharges in violation of the Clean Water Act has prompted EPA to issue an enforcement order to Grimmel Industries, LLC, a metal scrap recycler located on the banks of the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, N.H. Grimmel leases the property from Pease Development Authority. Monitoring by Pease shows the stormwater discharges from Grimmel’s ...

  • Study: No Link Between Mercury Exposure and Autism-like Behaviors

    The potential impact of exposure to low levels of mercury on the developing brain – specifically by women consuming fish during pregnancy – has long been the source of concern and some have argued that the chemical may be responsible for behavioral disorders such as autism. However, a new study that draws upon more than 30 years of research in the Republic of Seychelles reports that ...

  • Frost & Sullivan: E-waste Market Returns to Growth

    E-waste represents one of the fastest-growing sectors by volume within the global waste industry. Due to this fact and to impending legislative targets the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling market looks very promising during the next few years with plenty of opportunities for its participants across the value chain. According to a new analysis by Frost & Sullivan ...


    By Frost & Sullivan

  • Here’s what they’re saying about mercury and air toxics standards

    Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first national standards to protect American families from power plant emissions of mercury and air toxics like arsenic, acid gas, nickel, selenium, and cyanide. These new Mercury and Air Toxics Standards will slash emissions of these dangerous pollutants by relying on widely available, proven pollution controls that are already ...

  • Conference to Spotlight New e-Waste Management Solutions for Kenya

    A National e-Waste Conference and Exhibition was held in Nairobi, Wednesday, to identify solutions to Kenya's mounting e-waste problem. Focusing on the potential economic and environmental benefits of the responsible management of e-waste, stakeholders discussed ways to reduce the hazards arising from the disposal of electronic equipment in Kenya. Electronic waste is now Kenya's fastest growing ...

  • Portsmouth N.H. scrap metal company faces fine for polluted water discharges

    Stormwater monitoring by the property owner of Grimmel’s Portsmouth facility (Pease Development Authority) confirms stormwater discharges from Grimmel’s metal scrapyard operations contain metals, suspended solids and chemical oxygen demand which exceed permit benchmarks. Further, the stormwater discharges contain mercury and PCBs that cause or contribute to an exceedance of water ...

  • Undercover operation exposes illegal dumping of e-waste in Nigeria

    Following a three-year undercover investigation, we’ve shown once again that electronic waste - like your old TV set - still isn't being responsibly recycled like it's supposed to be. Instead, e-waste is being disguised as second-hand goods and shipped off to Nigeria, where it is sold, scrapped or illegally dumped. The undercover operation, carried out with the help of Sky Television, is further ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste

    In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic-waste the world generated last year. The clanking is rhythmic as the workers unscrew, detach and toss motherboards onto piles of ...


    By Associated Press

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