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International Actions for Reducing Mercury Emissions and Use

The U.S. engages international partners, multilaterally and bilaterally, to address key mercury issues including data collection and inventory development, source characterization, and best practices for emissions and use reduction. Recent actions are described below. You can find additional information on the International Resources section of the Related Links page of this site.

Binational Toxics Strategy - The Canada-United States Strategy for the Virtual Elimination of Persistent Toxic Substances in the Great Lakes Basin, known as the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy, provides a framework for actions to reduce or eliminate mercury and other persistent toxic substances from the Great Lakes Basin.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Protocol on Heavy MetalsExit EPA Disclaimer- The Executive Body of the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted the Protocol on Heavy Metals in June 1998, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. The U.S. is a party to this legally-binding agreement which went into effect in December 2003. The Protocol targets three heavy metals: cadmium, lead and mercury and aims to cut emissions from industrial sources (iron and steel industry, non-ferrous metal industry), combustion processes (power generation, road transport) and waste incineration. The Protocol

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Regional Action Plan for MercuryExit EPA Disclaimer- Under the auspices of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico developed a North American Regional Action Plan (NARAP) on Mercury (Phase II- March 2000). The goal of this Plan is to reduce man-made mercury releases to the North American environment through international and national initiatives. The Mercury NARAP contains provisions regarding risk management approaches to address mercury air emissions; processes, operations, and products; and waste management; as well as research, monitoring, modeling, inventories; and communication activities.

In 1998, the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP) adopted in 1998 a Regional Mercury Action Plan (PDF) (19 pp, 48 K, PDF) for the Northeast U.S. and Eastern Canada. This plan establishes a long term regional goal of virtually eliminating the discharge of mercury from human sources into the environment. It also establishes goals of 50% reduction of mercury emissions by 2003 (which has been met) and 75% reduction by 2010. The plan identifies more than 40 actions to address mercury in the environment including: reduction of mercury emissions; source reduction and safe waste management; outreach and education; and research, analysis and strategic monitoring.

Environment Canada's Mercury and the Environment Web siteExit EPA Disclaimer- What Canada is doing about mercury in the environment.

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