Congress Moves To Ban Mercury Exports

Law360, New York (September 29, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a move with almost unanimous bipartisan support, the U.S. Congress has approved a bill that would ban the export of elemental mercury starting in 2013.

The bill, known as the Mercury Market Minimization Act, passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Friday and passed in the House of Representatives Monday by a 393-5 vote. The legislation will now go to President Bush.

“This obviously has complete bipartisan support,” said Susan Egan Keane, a senior environmental analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which supports the...
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