Tons Of Unwanted Mercury Will Make 40-Year Visit To Texas

broken mercury thermometer photo

Broken mercury thermometer. Image credit:MI Dept of Public Health.

The USDOE prepared a full Environmental Impact Statement as the basis for selecting a site to store tons of mercury which no longer can be legally exported. Now we know what happens to all those old mercury thermometers - off to Texas, where they will be interred at a new facility managed by Waste Control Specialists, LLC, near Andrews. This is happening because of the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008, which will mandate storage for around 40 years. What happens after that is anyone's guess. I was thinking it would be good to store it along side spent nuclear power plant rods 'cause no one will mess with it there.More mercury posts.
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