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House Proceeding 11-13-07 on Nov 13th, 2007 :: 2:15:20 to 2:18:00
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Fred Upton

2:15:20 to 2:15:24( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: the export of elementary mercury from the united states to developing countries. this mercury is used largely for mining. exposure occurs when miners handle the mercury. it enters the water when

Fred Upton

2:15:20 to 2:18:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Fred Upton

Fred Upton

2:15:24 to 2:15:27( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: miners pan for gold, an it enters the air through the smelting process, which emitts mercury vapor. according to the u.n. environmental program, approximately 15 million people worldwide, including

Fred Upton

2:15:27 to 2:15:31( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: 4.5 million women and one million children engage in mining with mercury exposing them to the poisons that mercury produces. some of this mercury is exported from the united states. that

Fred Upton

2:15:31 to 2:15:34( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: should be unacceptable to us as a nation. further, the export of mercury for ar tease national mining harms americans through the consumption of mercury contaminated fish. scientists have

Fred Upton

2:15:34 to 2:15:38( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: estimated that up to a third of u.s. mercury air pollution has traveled to the u.s. from asia where mercury llution is extensive, including from mercury exported for artesinal mining. much of

Fred Upton

2:15:38 to 2:15:41( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: the fish, tuna, is imported from asia. the departments of defense and energy are the two largest holders of mercury in the united states. the e.p.a. has urged d.o.e. and d.o.d. not to sell its

Fred Upton

2:15:41 to 2:15:44( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: mercury stockpiles due to the serious human health and environmental risks associated with mercury. d.o.d. and d.o.e. have agreed. however, that ban is not in law, which is why my bill prohibits

Fred Upton

2:15:44 to 2:15:49( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: the federal government frequents porting mercury. in addition, private companies may still export this poisonous and hazardous material, which is why my legislation is necessary. together

Fred Upton

2:15:49 to 2:16:08( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: with my friend, mr. shimkus, at the full committee markup, i offered an amendment to create a long-term mercury storage repository. this was a stack holder process that developed a consensus product.

Fred Upton

2:16:08 to 2:16:38( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: stake holders included nrdc, the environmental council of the states, the american chemistry council, the color even institute and the national mining association, all of whom have endorsed

Fred Upton

2:16:38 to 2:16:52( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: this amendment. mr. speaker, i would ask unanimous consent to place in the record a letter from these groups in support of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.

Fred Upton

2:16:52 to 2:17:09( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: mr. allen: the bill requires d.o.e. to designate a facility to accept mercury from private sector sources, particularly the mining industry when the export ban in the underlying bill

Fred Upton

2:17:09 to 2:17:26( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: takes effect. the bill does not require that all excess mercury be transferred to d.o.e., rather it gives the private sector the option of placing mercury into storage at d.o.e. if there is

Fred Upton

2:17:26 to 2:17:39( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: a more fractcal or cost-effective private sector conclusion, the affected industries are more than welcome to pursue that option. d.o.e. will be allowed to charge a few to recoup the

Fred Upton

2:17:39 to 2:18:00( Edit History Discussion )

Fred Upton: government's cost of storing this waste. enactment of this bill will have no affect on the taxpayers. all applicable and appropriate environmental laws apply with respect to this facility. the

Edward J. Markey

2:18:00 to 2:18:13( Edit History Discussion )

Edward J. Markey: legislation will allow the chloroalklai industry to be stored at the plants. and allow them to store the 50 to 100 tons of mercury that it stores annually as a result of filtration systems.

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