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US Update

Published by MAC on 2006-03-07

US Update

7th March 2006

"Product stewardship" - for some years supposedly practiced in Europe (for example by Germany since the 1990s in car manufacture) - is coming to Washington State in the shape of new legislation to enforce e-waste recycling.

On the other side of the country, efforts to control mercury pollution in Virginian waterways (mainly caused by Du Pont - the biggest supplier of cyanide to the mining industry), don't seem to be working.

In West Virginia, there are also unacceptably high levels of mercury in streams - hardly helped by continued contamination due to heavy metals from mountaintop coal mining.

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