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EU to complete ban on cadmium and mercury in batteries

6:04 AM MDT | June 6, 2013 | Michael Ravenscroft

The European Union is to remove an exemption to its batteries directive that has allowed the use of mercury and cadmium in certain battery applications. The legislation was introduced in 2006 to make batteries and accumulators less harmful to the environment. The batteries directive includes a specific ban on the use of cadmium and mercury in batteries, but an exemption was provided for batteries for cordless power tools and for button cells containing low levels of mercury. Agreement has now been reached with the European Parliament to remove these exemptions...

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