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GLRPPR Sector Resource: EU Bans Mercury in Measuring Devices

EU Bans Mercury in Measuring Devices

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.


Associated Press via Plenty Magazine

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July 10, 2007

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