US Backs Global Mercury Treaty

Law360, New York (February 17, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a decisive turn away from perennial U.S. policy, a state department official Monday reportedly joined calls for immediate worldwide action to reduce mercury pollution.

In an address Monday to the United Nations Environment Program, Daniel Reifsnyder, the deputy assistant secretary of state for environment and sustainable development, said the time was ripe for a global treaty to target mercury contamination.

Breaking from long-standing political opposition to enhanced industrial regulations, Reifsnyder told UNEP, gathered this week in Nairobi, Kenya, that mercury pollution was a paramount threat...
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