Sweden plans total mercury prohibition

The Swedish chemicals inspectorate (KemI) is to draw up plans for implementing a total ban on mercury, the environment ministry has announced. Although the heavy metal is already subject to strict regulation in Sweden, some uses - notably as a component of dental fillings - are still permitted. There are also fears that new applications will be found that fall outside existing legislation, the ministry said in a statement. KemI's deadline for submitting recommendations is 30 June next year. See press release.

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