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Risk Reduction Activities: Mercury Task Force

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Jesús Ignacio López Olvera, Deputy Director of Transboundary Movements, Semarnat and Chair of the Mercury Task Force of the SMOC project, spoke at the CEC Chemicals Management Forum in San Antonio, Texas, on May 15, 2012. More at: http:/www.cec.org/chemicals2012

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Risk Reduction Activities: Mercury Task Force

  1. 1. Risk Reduction Activities Mercury Task Force Chemicals Management Forum San Antonio, Texas May 15-16, 2012Commission for Environmental Cooperation
  2. 2. Overview North American Regional Action Plan for Mercury Risk assessment and management activities 2000-2010 Future direction 2
  3. 3. 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. 3
  4. 4. Risk assessment and management activities included in Mercury NARAPActions 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 4
  5. 5. Atmospheric emissions of mercuryGoal: reduce air emissions 50% by 2006 (1990baseline)  Canada, United States exceeded goal  Mexico- established baseline emissions inventory prepared with CEC support in 2001 (preliminary) and updated in 2008 5
  6. 6. Mercury in processes, operations and productsReduce 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 6
  7. 7. 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 7
  8. 8. 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) 8
  9. 9. 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 9
  10. 10. For more informationCommission for Environmental Cooperation http://www.cec.org/Page.asp?PageID=924&SiteNodeID=1 058US Environmental Protection Agency http://www.epa.gov/mercury/Environment Canada http://www.ec.gc.ca/toxiques- toxics/Default.asp?lang=En&n=98E80CC6- 1&xml=9767F4A9-2EF7-4A00-B3AF-D900394C6EC6Instituto Nacional de Ecología http://www.ine.gob.mx/ 10
  11. 11. ¡¡GRACIAS!!Three countries. One environment. 11

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