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  • Mercury Rising – Enviro Technology and mercury monitoring

    The first global treaty on mercury has put the metal firmly on the emissions monitoring agenda in 2013.  The Minamata Convention – which binds governments in over 140 countries to actively prevent mercury emissions and releases – was signed in January 2013. Mercury has long since been recognised as a chemical of global concern due to both its ability to travel long distances in ...

  • Norit’s Leading Solutions Meet the New Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) While Lowering Total Costs

    Norit, the world’s largest and most experienced producer of activated carbon, will showcase its new MATS mercury removal solutions for utilities at EUEC, January 31 through February 2, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. At the conference, Norit will be showcasing: Comprehensive MATS Solutions With nearly 100 years of experience, Norit has the most expertise ...


  • The organisers of Mercury 2013, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP)

    From:The organisers of Mercury 2013, International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) To: Journalists When: 4pm Sunday 28th July Where:Soutra Room, Ground Floor, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, The Exchange, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE Why: The ICMGP will address the ...

  • 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 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • North America: Mercury elevated in fish and waters

    Mercury contamination in water and fish throughout Indiana, USA, has routinely exceeded levels recommended to protect people and wildlife. About one in eight fish samples tested statewide had mercury that exceeded the recommended safety limit for human consumption. The causes include mercury in the rain and mercury going down the drain, according to a recently released federal study. The most ...

  • Impact of mercury exposure from chlor-alkali plants

    An EU project, EMECAP1, has investigated levels of mercury exposure to populations living near chlor-alkali plants and the impact on human health. It found that the overall health risk was low, but was higher for some workers at the plants and for those who consumed contaminated fish or had mercury dental fillings. Mercury is a natural element but human activities, such as mining and ...

  • Mercury conference to address global treaty implementation

    The International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (#ICMGP) will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 28th July – 2nd August 2013. The event is the 11th in a series that began in Sweden in 1990 and follows closely behind an international agreement to reduce global mercury emissions. Themed ‘Science Informing Global Policy’ the ICMGP events have been created to ...

  • EN 15267 Approved Mercury Monitoring System

    The measurement of total gaseous mercury is a challenge due to chemical reactions and contamination. The installed systems will often require a lot of maintenance, still not giving reliable results. The OPSIS System 400 is different and provides the plants with an accurate mercury analyser, that will operate with a minimum of maintenance. The simple design gives high performance with fast ...


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  • Global agreement needed on mercury pollution, says UN

    Governments need to accelerate the effort to deliver an international agreement on the poisonous heavy metal mercury Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said today. Experts are becoming increasingly concerned that increased burning of coal-naturally contaminated with mercury-is leading to releases to the air in some parts of the world from where it can spread ...

  • 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 ...

  • Economic benefits from reducing mercury emissions

    Large benefits can be achieved for society by reducing global emissions of mercury. Global savings of US$1.8-2.2 billion (€1.3-1.6 billion) can be made by reducing damage to IQ alone, according to recent research. Mercury emitted to the atmosphere primarily comes from combustion of fossil fuels (about 46 per cent of global mercury emissions) and high temperature processing of minerals, such as ...

  • 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. ...

  • EPA continues cleanup of mercury spill at Putnam middle school in Irondale,

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) continue the assessment and cleanup of Putnam Middle School and residential homes in the Irondale, AL area as a result of the March 9, 2012 mercury spill at the Putnam Middle School. An investigation determined mercury contamination may have spread from the school by student contact resulting in the ...

  • EPA proposes to slash mercury emissions from cements plants

    EPA is proposing to signficantly reduce mercury emissions from Portland cement kilns, the fourth-largest source of mercury air emissions in the US The proposal would set the nation's first limits on mercury emissions from existing Portland cement kilns and would strengthen the limits for new kilns. The proposed standards also would set emission limits for total hydracarbons, particulate matter, ...

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