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EPA Seeks Feedback from the Public on Proposed Label Options for Safer Products (09/08/2014)
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is redesigning its Design for the Environment Safer Product Label to better convey to consumers that products bearing the label meet the program's rigorous standard to be safer for people and the environment. "We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well," said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The agency wants to hear from the American people on which designs will help people identify household cleaning and other products that are safer for families and the environment."
 
More than twice as much mercury in environment as thought (09/04/2014)
The most comprehensive estimate of mercury released into the environment is putting a new spotlight on the potent neurotoxin. By accounting for mercury in consumer products, such as thermostats, and released by industrial processes, the calculations more than double previous tallies of the amount of mercury that has entered the environment since 1850. The analysis also reveals a previously unknown spike in mercury emissions during the 1970s. The finding doesn't indicate a greater risk to human health; scientists already know how much mercury most people are exposed to. But it does show how tighter regulations over the past 4 decades have lowered the total amount of mercury emitted to the global environment--even as some industries in the developing world continue to expand.
 
EU launches consultation on limited use of mercury (08/19/2014)
BRUSSELS, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission has launched an online consultation on issues related to the usage of mercury, it was announced Tuesday. The consultation will mainly focus on areas such as the import restrictions for metallic mercury from non-parties, an export ban for certain products containing mercury and mercury use in products and processes not yet placed on the market. The consultation provides interested citizens, public authorities, businesses and NGOs with a concise and clear understanding of the elements above and asks them for their views.
 

 

 

 

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