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Supply and Storage

The Issue

Mercury is an element and cannot be destroyed. Policies designed to decrease the production, use and trade of mercury must be accompanied by access to viable, safe and secure long term storage.

The limited sources of mercury supply globally allow targeted action in this area.  Export controls and storage are main instruments to reduce supply. Transparency of trade is also essential for future success in limiting global supply. Primary mining is not required to meet global market demand.

Investing in supply, trade, and storage issue is more efficient than trying to control mercury release.

 

 

 

 

Partnership Lead

Government of Spain:

 

Ana García González, Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente

 

e-mail: aggonzalez@magrama.es ;  Tel +34 91 4535363

 

Manuel Ramos Pino, Centro Tecnológico Nacional de Descontaminación del Mercurio (CTNDM),

 

e-mail: mramos@ctndm.es ;  Tel: +34 629 27 28 69

 

Government of Uruguay:

 

Judith Torres, Dirección Nacional de Medio Ambiente (DINAMA), Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment

e-mail: judith.torres@dinama.gub.uy,

judith.torres@mvotma.gub.uy

.; Tel: + 598 2917 07 10 ext 4107 

 

Quick Links

Analysis of Options for the Environmentally Sound Management of Surplus Mercury

Options Analysis and Feasibility Study for the Long Term Storage of Mercury in the Latin America and Caribbean 

 

 
Further Resources

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Mercury Supply and Storage

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