Ban mercury in button cell batteries, says MEP

The use of mercury in button cell batteries should be banned from 2017 in the EU, Bulgarian MEP Vladko Todorov Panayotov has suggested

The use of mercury in button cell batteries should be banned from 2017 in the EU, Bulgarian MEP Vladko Todorov Panayotov has suggested in his proposed amendments to the 2006 directive on batteries and accumulators.

Mr Panayotov is the European Parliament’s rapporteur in charge of drafting MEPs’ response to a European Commission proposal tabled in March.

The commission’s proposal is only intended to ban cadmium in batteries for cordless power tools (CPT) from 2016. It does not foresee action on the use of mercury in button cell batteries, although a ban was recommended in a consultancy study whose findings were published by DG Environment in March.

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