A draft report detailing the growing export of U.S.-generated spent lead-acid batteries (SLABs) to Mexico for recycling purposes has been released or comment, the Montreal-based Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental...
December 5, 2012 by Hazmat Management
A draft report detailing the growing export of U.S.-generated spent lead-acid batteries (SLABs) to Mexico for recycling purposes has been released or comment, the Montreal-based Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation has announced.
Hazardous Trade? An Examination of US-generated Spent Lead-acid Battery Exports and Secondary Lead Recycling in Mexico, the United States and Canada was initiated earlier in 2012 over concerns that a surge in SLAB exports was an effort to avoid the costs of stricter U.S. environmental and health protection laws.
The surge has increased the danger of lead exposure to workers and communities near recycling operations in Mexico, while undermining the competitiveness of the U.S.-based lead recycling industry.
Key findings include:
The report also presents various recommendations to environmental authorities in each of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to address these and other findings. Key proposals are to:
The CEC Secretariat encourages all interested persons and organizations to examine this draft and to forward comments to Eduardo Viadas, CEC Secretariat, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The study will be available for review until 21 December 2012, at: www.cec.org/slabs.
The Secretariat anticipates that a final report under this initiative will be presented to the CEC Council for its consideration early in 2013.
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is an intergovernmental organization that supports the cooperative environmental agenda of Canada, Mexico and the United States to green North America’s economy, address climate change by promoting a low-carbon economy, and protect its environment and the health of its citizens.