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FW: Conference on Mercury Management

Title: FW: Conference on Mercury Management
FYI the below forwarded message from another listserv.  -Stephanie

             Stephanie C. Davis

On Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays I can regularly be found at :

Sutter Delta Medical Center
Quality Management / Infection Control
3901 Lone Tree Way,  Antioch, CA 94509
phone:      925-756-1118      fax:     925-779-3044

Where I am the Infection Control Coordinator,
         work which is separate from WRR
 "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as much as you please."
 Mark Twain, 1835-1910

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"Breaking the Mercury Cycle: Long Term Management of Surplus & Recycled
Mercury & Mercury-Bearing Waste"

May 1-3, 2002
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA

Many thousands of tons of stockpiled excess mercury and mercury-bearing
waste remain as a legacy of its industrial use, and the long-term
management of these sources is a major challenge to environmental risk
managers.  In the mining areas of California and Nevada, for example, more
than 26 million pounds of elemental mercury were used by the goal mining
industry between 1850 and 1900.  Much of that mercury is still in soils and
sediments in those areas, and questions of whether and how to manage their
cleanup pose challenges to states and the regulatory community.   The
chlor-alkali industry has historically used a mercury cell process to make
chlorine and other related products that requires the use of many tons of
elemental mercury.  Most of these plants have either closed or switched to a
non-mercury cell process.  As more and more of these plants eliminate their
use of mercury, thousands of tons of elemental mercury are becoming
available while the demand for mercury use to make new products in the U.S.
has been declining.

To help address these issues, the U.S. EPA Office of Research and
Development (ORD) National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) is
supporting a major conference that will analyze the technical alternatives
for long-term mercury management and retirement.

Conference Objectives
"Breaking the Mercury Cycle" will focus on the policies, technologies
and techniques to address environmentally sound management and treatment of
excess mercury supplies and stockpiles, and mercury-bearing wastes.
It will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about the
current policy framework, mercury materials flow, research underway on
different treatment and storage technologies, and other long term
options for management of surplus and recycled mercury and
mercury-bearing waste.

Audiences for the Conference
Federal, state, tribal, and local government officials, manufacturers
that use mercury, researchers involved in mercury retirement studies,
non-governmental organizations involved in mercury reduction activities,
firms involved in collecting and recycling mercury, firms involved in the
mercury commodities markets, and others.

Selected Conference Topics
*      Economics of the Worldwide Mercury Market & Materials Flows
*      Global Conditions that are Forcing the Debate on Mercury
*      Research on Amalgamation and Stabilization of Elemental Mercury
*      Containment and Locations for Safe Storage of Mercury
*      Separation Technologies for Mercury-Bearing Waste
*      U.S. Regulations & Policies on Management of Mercury Stockpiles &
Mercury-Bearing Waste
*      Collection Programs for Mercury & Mercury-Added Products
*      Stabilization Technologies for Mercury-Bearing Waste
*      International Forums Available to Facilitate Global Cooperation
on Mercury Retirement
*      Future Directions for Research & Policy Development
Conference Cosponsors
*      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
*      Environment Canada
*      Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)
*      Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
*      Association of State and Territorial Waste Management Officials
*      New England Governors' Conference (NEGC)
*      Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
*      Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)

This conference is being organized by the Northeast Waste Management
Officials' Association (NEWMOA) under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S.

A complete registration packet for the conference should be available by
March 1.  At that time, please check the following website for the
registration materials and a complete conference agenda:
http://www.newmoa.org/mercury, call (617) 367-8558 x302 or e-mail

NEWMOA has arranged for a block of rooms at the Westin Hotel in Boston. The
room cost is $159/night for government rate and $239/night corporate rate.
To make an early reservation, contact 800-228-3000 and ask for the
Environmental Protection Agency conference.

Terri Goldberg
129 Portland Street 6th floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 367-8558 x302
(617) 367-0449 (fax)
website: http//www.newmoa.org

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