01/28/2009

Sweden bans mercury

Products containing mercury will be banned from sale in Sweden from June 1.
Under the ban, Sweden's mercury waste will be stored in geological repositories
in other EU countries.

Sweden's Minister for the Environment Andreas Carlgren said: 'The waste will be
transported to a deep geological repository with high safety standards.
'In accordance with the polluter pays principle, the owners of the waste will
be responsible for ensuring that disposal in a repository is arranged and
paying for it.'

Among a number of other amendments, the ban will also change dental care as
amalgam fillings will no longer be available.

Thermometers, other measuring devices and electronic components containing
mercury have been banned since the 1990s.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Safety Council of Australia Ltd (NSCA)