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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.

  • 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.

  • Ban on EU mercury exports

    The European Commission last month proposed legislation to ban all European Union exports of mercury from 2011. The ban forms a key part of the EU's strategy for reducing global exposure to mercury, which is highly toxic to both humans and the environment. The export ban will significantly reduce global supply and thereby also emissions of the heavy metal into the environment. The proposed ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • California’s Prop 65 and Public Health Concerns over Mercury and Mercury Compounds

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns over exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • Registration for Mercury 2013 is now open!

    The organisers of the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (Mercury 2013) have announced that online visitor registration for the conference is now available at www.mercury2013.com Mercury 2013 taking place from 28th July – 2nd August 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland is the pre-eminent international forum for formal presentation and ...

  • Quick, Accurate Mercury Measurement for Miners

    Join us February 21-24 in Phoenix, AZ at the Society of Mining Engineers Annual Conference and Expo (SME) booth 543, and see why our instruments have been trusted by some the biggest names in mining for over 30 years. Why Choose Jerome®? Jerome® Mercury Vapor Analyzers make it easy to comply ...


    By Arizona Instrument LLC

  • 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. ...

  • Southern Union Company Accused of Illegal Mercury Storage

    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, October 17, 2007 (ENS) - A federal grand jury in Providence has charged the Southern Union Company, the Texas-based former owner of the New England Gas Company, with illegally storing mercury at a Pawtucket, Rhode Island site and with failing to report mercury spillage. If convicted and fined the maximum penalty, the company could pay as much as $67 million. ...

  • High court to review EPA mercury limits

    The Supreme Court is stepping into a new case about Obama administration environmental rules, agreeing to review a ruling that upholds emission standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The justices on Tuesday said they would hear arguments from industry groups and states that are challenging Environmental Protection Agency rules designed to ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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 Hotspots Detected in Eastern U.S. and Canada

    WASHINGTON, DC (ENS) – U.S. sources of mercury emissions, particularly coal-fired power plants, are the major cause of five biological mercury hotspots identified in New England, New York and Nova Scotia, according to two new scientific studies. The findings indicate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, is greatly underestimating local and regional impacts of mercury ...

  • Mercury Exposure in Womb May Be Connected to ADHD

    As attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rates rise in the United States, more research has been conducted to determine the cause. A new study on mercury exposure during pregnancy indicates that fetal exposure to the toxic substance may be linked to ADHD. Researchers found that children exposed to high levels of mercury while in the womb have a greater chance of developing attention ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Toy Jewelry Containing Mercury - a Real Threat

    LA Testing provides mercury testing services to determine if products or the environment contain the hazardous metal. Los Alamitos, CA, May 24th, 2010 Earlier this year the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued warnings about toy jewelry containing mercury.  Glass pendants containing the liquid metal have appeared in the state and if they ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • SI traceability for mercury vapour measurement in air

    A new experiment, designed by NPL and the Joint Research Centre - Institute for Research Materials and Measurements (JRC-IRMM), has recently been completed and published in Analytical Chemistry. The collaborative experiment, performed as part of the European Metrology Research Programme ...

  • Study reveals mercury contamination in Fish Nationwide

    Scientists detected mercury contamination in every fish sampled in 291 streams across the country, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study released today. About a quarter of these fish were found to contain mercury at levels exceeding the criterion for the protection of people who consume average amounts of fish, established by the U.S. Environmental ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

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