September 30, 2008

The rise and fall of mercury

The use of mercury could slowly die out as Europe and the US recently passed a ban to export one of the most infamous element in chemical history.

Yesterday, the US Congress approved the Mercury Market Minimization Act of 2008, which would ban the export of elemental mercury, prohibit federal agencies from selling or distributing mercury; and direct the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide permanent storage for domestic stocks of mercury under certain conditions.

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