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2013-05-01 08:23:57

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter sent last week, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was urged to expedite release of a draft updated Federal fish consumer advisory for public comment. Forty members of the research and environmental health advocacy community signed the letter, including prominent scientists, a former head of FDA and organizations including Consumers Union, NRDC, Environmental Defense, Sierra Club, Environmental Working...

2013-04-03 08:23:57

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A manufacturer-run program for collecting mercury thermostats is failing to keep the toxic heavy metal out of the trash--and the environment--in most states, according to a new report released today by the Multi-state Mercury Products Campaign and the Product Stewardship Institute. Turning up the Heat II estimates that, at most, the industry recycling program has captured 8% of mercury thermostats coming out of service in the past decade....

2013-01-19 08:20:14

GENEVA, Jan. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While no phase out date was set, just completed negotiations by the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee this morning at 7 AM Geneva time have resulted in many important provisions to reduce and eliminate mercury release and exposure, including binding requirements for countries to phase down dental amalgam. The final text from the new UNEP treaty on mercury is provided below.[1] "This is the beginning of the end of dental amalgam...

2013-01-17 12:21:33

GENEVA, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While no dental amalgam phase out date has been set, UN mercury treaty talks are expected to result in the phase down of dental mercury globally, says representatives of consumer and environmental groups attending the negotiations. Amalgam phase down text incorporated in Annex C of Article 6 on products is expected to shortly be transmitted to the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee plenary for its approval. [1] "This is the beginning of...

2012-07-23 06:22:43

BRUSSELS , July 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The European Environmental Bureau and the Mercury Policy Project welcomed a new European Commission study, which recommends phasing out dental amalgam use in the next five years, while improving enforcement of existing EU waste legislation[1]. Likewise, the study also recommended phasing out mercury use in button cell batteries within the two years after legislation is adopted. "Once again a report has conclusively shown that mercury use...

2012-07-06 10:21:48

PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Joined by the European Union, Canada and other developed countries, the U.S. opposed a separate health provision during the fourth (of five) mercury treaty negotiation earlier this week in Punta del Este, Uruguay. While a U.S. representative recognized that health is important to the Mercury Convention, it is "not in a position to accept" and has "significant concerns" about a separate health article, which was proposed by...

2011-10-04 13:26:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The findings of a new WHO/FAO Report on Benefits and Risks of Seafood Consumption(1) will be presented this week at the World Seafood Congress in Washington, DC. However, advocates believe that the report missed a key opportunity to advise governments about mercury risk from fish consumption. The report was supposed to provide a framework for assessments on risks and benefits of seafood that would assist governments in preparing advice...

2010-12-13 08:34:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While an FDA panel re-examines risks of amalgam over the next two days, the World Health Department is expected to release a key report soon recommending that amalgam use be "phased down" globally, consistent with its earlier recommendations.(i) "We welcome WHO's support for "phasing down" amalgam, and urge FDA to do the same," said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. On Dec. 14-15, 2010, an FDA panel will discuss...

2010-09-27 17:57:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, environmental groups applauded EPA's announcement to propose a new rule requiring dentists to reduce mercury pollution. "Dentists are the largest polluter of mercury to wastewater," said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project and a steering committee member of the National Mercury Products Campaign.(i) "We welcome EPA's proposal to end the Bush-era midnight deal allowing dentists to pollute until they enacted...

2010-04-23 11:15:00

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the "International Mercury Expo 2010*" this weekend at the College of William and Mary, a mercury watchdog group is launching a new website to counter misinformation on 'mercury facts' spread by industry and groups claiming to represent consumers - but in reality often representing special interests in disguise. The announcement will occur on Saturday, April 24th as part of a presentation by Dr. Edward Groth III in a conference...