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Risk Reduction Activities Mercury Task Force. Chemicals Management Forum San Antonio, Texas May 15-16, 2012. Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Overview. North American Regional Action Plan for Mercury Risk assessment and management activities 2000- 2010 Future direction.

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Risk Reduction Activities

Mercury Task Force

Chemicals Management Forum

San Antonio, Texas

May 15-16, 2012

Commission for Environmental Cooperation


Overview

  • North American Regional Action Plan for Mercury

  • Risk assessment and management activities2000-2010

  • Future direction


Mercury Task Force Background

  • CEC Council called for North American Regional Action Plan for Mercury

  • Mercury Task Force created by SMOC to develop and implement NARAP

  • Goal reduce anthropogenic releases of mercury to naturally-occurring levels.

  • Finalized in 2000, envisioned as a 10-year plan.


Risk assessment and management activitiesincluded in Mercury NARAP

Actions were taken in four primary areas :

  • Atmospheric emissions of mercury

  • Mercury in processes, operations and products

  • Mercury waste management approaches Research, monitoring, modeling, assessment and inventories


Atmospheric emissions of mercury

Goal: reduce air emissions 50% by 2006 (1990 baseline)

  • Canada, United States exceeded goal

  • Mexico- established baseline emissions inventory prepared with CEC support in 2001 (preliminary) and updated in 2008


Mercury in processes, operations and products

Reduce use of mercury in products and processes

  • Significant reduction in the use of mercury in switches, batteries and measuring devices.

  • Mercury use phase-out in chlor-alkali plants, other industries.

  • CEC Americas workshop to reduce mercury use in products CEC-supported work in Mexico to reduce mercury use in hospitals


Mercury supply and waste management

  • CEC- supported efforts to identify options for managing mercury products, especially from hospitals

  • New CEC waste management study in 2012

  • Mercury supply issues (not included in NARAP but identified as focus area):

    • CEC Mexican Mercury Market Report identifies product and elemental imports, exports and uses.

    • CEC assessment of primary and secondary mercury supplies in Mexico investigates production potential


Improved monitoring and assessment

  • CEC-supported wet deposition monitoring in Mexico:

    • Participation in North American Wet Deposition Network

    • Mexico: January 2012, Celestun became part of the Global Mercury Observation System (GMOS).

  • CEC Tri-national Maternal Blood Contaminant Study

  • Proname index monitoring sites for PBTs include mercury (CEC-supported)


Future Direction

  • SMOC Working Group reaffirmed need for ongoing trilateral coordination to:

    • Manage mercury use and supply, reduce releases

    • Bring countries to a common level of capacity to reduce risks

  • Current CEC mercury activities:

    • Development of 5-year mercury strategy

    • Tri-national mercury waste management options


For more information

CommissionforEnvironmentalCooperation

http://www.cec.org/Page.asp?PageID=924&SiteNodeID=1058

US EnvironmentalProtectionAgency

http://www.epa.gov/mercury/

EnvironmentCanada

http://www.ec.gc.ca/toxiques-toxics/Default.asp?lang=En&n=98E80CC6-1&xml=9767F4A9-2EF7-4A00-B3AF-D900394C6EC6

Instituto Nacional de Ecología

http://www.ine.gob.mx/


¡¡GRACIAS!!

Three countries. One environment.


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