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Call for Mercury ban in dental amalgams by Nick Boley
October 11, 2012, 09:54
Filed under: Environment/Ecology, Waste | Tags:

The European Environmental Bureau (EEB), a non-Governmental Organisation, has written to EU Member States’ representatives to ask them to support a complete ban on the use of mercury in dentistry.

They believe that dental amalgam represents a major use for mercury and estimate that dental amalgam contributes 21-32% of overall EU mercury emissions to air, and up to 9-13% of overall mercury emissions to surface
water.

The EEB have also written to EU ministers to put forward their concerns regarding the continuing use of cadmium in batteries, and mercury in button-cell batteries.

The future potential introduction of legislation to ban mercury from batteries and dental amalgams would require enforcement including accurate and sensitive measurement techniques for mercury in these products.

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