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GLRPPR Sector Resource: EU Bans Mercury in Measuring Devices

Title:
EU Bans Mercury in Measuring Devices

Abstract:
The use of mercury in thermometers and other measuring devices is to be banned in the European Union to protect the environment and human health. The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a law that bans the use of the highly toxic metal in fever thermometers, manometers - devices that measure pressure - and other non-electrical measuring devices. The legistlation has already been endorsed by the EU's 27 member states. Safer non-mercury alternatives exist for almost all the devices covered by the ban, the parliament said. The EU is the world's biggest exporter of mercury, which is gradually being phased out by industry. EU governments agreed last month to ban mercury exports from the bloc from 2011.

URL:
http://www.plentymag.com/news/2007/07/eu_bans_mercury_in_measuring_d.php

Source:
Associated Press via Plenty Magazine

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
July 10, 2007

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