EU Lawmakers OK Cadmium, Mercury Bans In Batteries

Law360, New York (October 10, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT) -- European lawmakers passed legislation Thursday that prohibits the use of cadmium in batteries used in cordless power tools and the use of mercury in a type of battery used in products such as toys, watches and remote controls.

Members of the European Parliament voted 578 to 17 to approve the measure, with five lawmakers abstaining.

The legislation bans the use of cadmium, a carcinogen that is also toxic in water, in portable batteries used in cordless power drills, saws and other tools.

EU ministers have already...
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