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German comments of 2 December 2010

Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of Wastes consisting of Elemental Mercury and Wastes Containing or Contaminated with Mercury – 6th Draft

6th Draft (October 2010)

Table of Contents
Abbreviations and acronyms

1 Introduction 5

1.1 Scope 5

1.2 BackgroundAbout Mercury 5

1.3 About Mercury 6

1.4 Human Health Risk 8

1.5 Mercury Pollution 9



2 Relevant Provisions of the Basel Convention and Works under the UNEP 11

2.1 Basel Convention 11

2.2 Works under the UNEP 13

3 Guidance on Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Mercury Waste 16

3.1 General Introductionconsiderations 16

3.2 Legislative and Regulatory Framework 20

3.3 Identification and Inventory 25

3.4 Mercury Waste Prevention and Minimization 32

3.5 Reduction of Mercury Releases from Waste Incineration and Disposal Sites 39

3.6 Handling, Collection, Packaging, Labelling, Temporal Storage, and Transportation and Storage of Mercury Waste 41

3.7 Treatment of Mercury Waste and Recovery of MercuryEnvironmentally sound disposal 45

3.8 Disposal of Waste Consisting of Elementalnot leading to recovery of Mercury 52

3.9 Remediation of Contaminated Sites 58

3.10 Health and Safety – Employee Training 60

3.11 Emergency Response to Elemental Mercury Spill 60

3.12 Public Awareness and Participation 61

Annex Bibliography 65




Acronyms and Abbreviations and acronyms


AMDE

Atmosphere mercury depletion event

ASGM

Artisanal and small scale gold mining

AOX

Adsorbable organic halides

BAT

Best available techniques

BMP

Best management practices

BEP

Best environmental practices

CDI

Case development inspection

CEI

Compliance evaluation inspection

CETEM

Centre for Mineral Technology

CFL

Compact fluorescent lamps

CFM

Chemische Fabrik Marktredwitz

CH3Hg+ or MeHg+

Monomethylmercury, commonly called methylmercury

Cl

Chlorine

COP

Conference of the pParties

DfE

Design for Environment

DTC

Drum top crushers

EC

European Community (current EU: European Union)

EMS

Environmental management system

ESM

Environmentally sound management

E-waste

Electronic and electrical waste

FAO

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

GC

Governing Council

GMP

Global Mercury Project

GTG

General technical guidelines

HCl

Hydrochloric acid

HF

Hydrofluoric acid

Hf

High frequency

Hg

Mercury

Hg(0) or Hg0

Elemental mercury

Hg(I)

Monovalent mercury

Hg(II) or Hg2+

Divalent mercury

HgCl2

Mercury dichloride

Hg2+

Mercuric compound

Hg22+

Mercurous compound

Hg2Cl2

Mercury (I) chloride

HgO

Mercury (II) oxide

HgS

Mercury sulphide or Cinnabar

HgSO4

Mercury sulphate

HNO3

Nitric acid

IAEA

International Atomic Energy Agency

IATA

International Air Transport Association

ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organization

IHU

Industrial Health Unit

ILO

International Labour Organization

IMERC

Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse

IMO

International Maritime Organization

INC

Intergovernmental negotiating committee

J-Moss

Marking of presence of the specific chemical substances for electrical and electronic equipment

JIS

Japanese Industrial Standards

JLT

The Japanese Standardized Leaching Test

LCD

Liquid crystal displays

LED

Light emitting diode

MMSD

Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development

MSW

Municipal solid waste

N2O

Nitrous oxide

NaClO

Sodium hypochlorite

NEWMOA

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association

NGOs

Non-governmental organizations

NH3

Ammonia

NIP

National implementation plan

NIMD

National Institute for Minamata Disease

NO2

Nitrogen dioxide

NOx

Nitrogen oxide

OEWG

Open-ended Working Group

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

OSPAR

The Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic

QSP

Quick Start Programme

PAC

Powdered activated carbon

PACE

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment

PBB

Polybrominated biphenyls

PBDE

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers

PM

Particulate matter

POPs

Persistent organic pollutants

PVC

Polyvinyl chloride

PR

Public relation

RoHS

Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment

SAICM

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

SBC

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

SO2

Sulphur dioxide

SPC

Sulphur polymer cement

S/S

Solidification and stabilization

TCLP

Toxicity characteristic leaching procedure

TOC

Total organic carbon

TWA

Time weighted average

UN

United Nations

UNECE

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNEP

United Nations Environment Programme

UNIDO

United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNITAR

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

USA

United States of America

USEPA

United States Environmental Protection Agency

VCM

Vinyl chloride monomer

WEEE

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

WHO

World Health Organization



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