|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||4 Jan 2007 03:14:39 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Energy Department mercury stockpile|
U.S. won't sell huge stockpile of mercury Decision could boost efforts to phase out its use worldwide By Michael Hawthorne Chicago Tribune January 3, 2007One of the nation's largest stockpiles of toxic mercury will remain locked up instead of oozing into the world market.
After mulling a potential sale for several months, the U.S. Department of Energy confirmed Tuesday that it will keep nearly 1,300 tons of mercury in storage, increasing pressure on private companies to follow the same policy.
The Tribune reported in November that federal officials were considering selling off the Energy Department's surplus, prompted in part by legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) that would ban American exports of the silvery metal.
Once used to process material for hydrogen bombs, the government's mercury has been in storage since alternative methods were developed in the early 1960s.
... For the entire article, see http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/health/chi-0701030035jan03,1,1289896.story?ctrack=1&cset=true -- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@list.cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org/mailman/listinfo/military
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