Mercury Policy News
Celia Chen Participating in COP-1 Meeting
Dartmouth Superfund Program researcher Celia Chen will be participating in the first Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-1) on September 26-29 in Geneva Switzerland. She will bring fact sheets summarizing four science to policy papers to inform the delegates about the latest mercury science and the gaps in knowledge. The four papers are associated with the four plenary synthesis themes that were produced for ICMGP2017. Each will connect mercury science to regulatory issues and policy implementation, as well as communication of science to stakeholders.
13th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP) Science to Policy Synthesis Workshop
On July 16, thirty scientists and policy stakeholders attended a day-long workshop, Integrating Mercury Research and Policy in a Changing World, as part of the ICMGP 2017 meeting. Organized and led by the Dartmouth SRP Research Translation Core, the workshop provided the opportunity for face-to-face communications between mercury science experts and national and international policymakers and stakeholders. Presentations by policymaker and stakeholder representatives identified questions and knowledge gaps in mercury research to be addressed in a series of 4 synthesis papers on different aspects of mercury pollution. The workshop culminated with a full-group discussion on how to translate these synthesis papers to have a bigger impact on mercury policy. A more detailed summary and photos are available here.
Supreme Court Decision Blocks EPA Rules on Mercury Emissions
A recent US Supreme Court decision has blocked implementation of federal EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)rules that would have required power plants to clean up mercury emissions. See PRI story describing the ruling and possible next steps.
The Minimata Convention for Mercury is a Global Treaty that reduces mercury emissions and releases and was formally adopted as international law on October 10, 2013.
C-MERC Applauds Bill to Track Mercury Pollution
Dartmouth's C-MERC applauds the introduction of the Comprehensive National Mercury Monitoring Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Thomas Carper (D-DE) on September 19, 2013. As detailed in the following Dartmouth Press Release, this legislation would create a new comprehensive mercury monitoring program across the U.S. with sites that would measure mercury levels in air, water, and living organisms. The introduction of this bill is especially timely given that the global treaty on mercury, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, is scheduled to be adopted and opened for signature in October.