Call for Mercury ban in dental amalgams by Nick Boley
October 11, 2012, 09:54
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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

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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