President Signs Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008
- Prohibit Federal agencies from transferring elemental mercury to government or private entities;
- Prohibit all exports of mercury from the U.S. on January 1, 2013; and
- Require the Department of Energy to designate and manage an elemental mercury long-term disposal facility.
The U.S. is currently a net exporter of mercury. European Union member countries are the largest source of mercury exports. The European Commission has proposed to ban exports of elemental mercury from the European Union by 2011.