Importers and Exporters of Mercury and Mercury Products are Target of EPA Info Collection
The Environmental Protection Agency is inviting comments through May 30 on a proposed new information collection entitled “Use of Mercury and Mercury Compounds in Products and Processes.” The EPA will collect information from companies that manufacture, import or export products containing mercury or mercury compounds and companies that use mercury or mercury compounds in a manufacturing process or processes. The EPA is particularly interested in the amount of mercury or mercury compounds used in mercury-added products as a whole and among various categories of products, including those that are added during domestic manufacture or are contained in imported and exported products. The years of interest are 2010, 2013 and 2016.
The EPA will use the collected information to determine what type of actions, if any, including voluntary and/or mandatory measures, are needed to reduce non-essential use of mercury or mercury compounds. The EPA will also use such information to prioritize where and how it applies measures to help prevent potential risks of mercury exposure to human health and the environment. Finally, this information will be used to facilitate compliance with obligations under the Minamata Convention on Mercury to continue to reduce the use of mercury in products and processes and to report on actions taken to do so. The Minamata Convention provides a blueprint for action to eliminate the most harmful forms of mercury use, reduce mercury emissions from industry, promote mercury-free methods, protect children and women of childbearing age from mercury exposure and improve workers’ health and well-being.