Exports of Five Mercury Compounds to be Barred as of Jan. 1, 2020
As required by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of mercury compounds that are prohibited from export. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, this statute will prohibit export of mercury (I) chloride or calomel, mercury (II) oxide, mercury (II) sulfate, mercury (II) nitrate, and cinnabar or mercury sulphide. However, there will be an exception to this prohibition for such mercury compounds that are exported to member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for environmentally sound disposal, on the condition that no mercury or mercury compounds so exported are to be recovered, recycled, or reclaimed for use, or directly reused, after such export.
The law also provides that the EPA, on determining that exporting any additional mercury compound for the purpose of regenerating elemental mercury is technically feasible, may add such mercury compound to this list. In addition, any person may petition the EPA to add a mercury compound to this list.