Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mercury Exportation Ban

As one of the world’s leading exporters of elemental mercury, the United States has shipped large amounts of mercury-containing waste over the border to Canada and other countries. Mercury can be a huge threat to our quality of life, especially with excessive exposure.

To prevent this, a new government regulation will go effect in 2013, effectively banning the exportation of elemental mercury—unless it has a legitimate use. The Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008, introduced by Barack Obama when he was an Illinois senator, was signed on October 14, 2008. The act will prohibit the transfer of elemental mercury by federal agencies, ban U.S. export of elemental mercury by 2013, and requires the Department of Energy to designate and manage an elemental mercury long-term disposal facility.

The Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008 will help prevent other industries and countries that do not have the same protections as we do from receiving the mercury and letting it proliferate right back into the system and the environment.

Brad Buscher
Chairman and CEO
VaporLok Products LLC

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