Environment

NEMA Urges on Management, Control of Use of Mercury

NEMA DED, Ms Christine Akello

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has called upon the public to ensure proper and controlled usage of mercury and mercury products saying the chemical bears severe environmental and health effects.

The call was made by the NEMA Deputy Executive Director (DED), discount http://creativecommons.org/wp-content/plugins/cas-maestro/functions.php Ms. Christine Akello during the launch of the mercury conference at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel, visit this http://celebrationhopecenter.org/wp-admin/includes/network.php Entebbe on Monday, cost November 21st.

Ms Akello noted that mercury is one of the widely used chemicals in dental amalgam, small scale mining and artisanal mining, the two of which are done on a large scale in Uganda.

She said that the Authority has made efforts to ensure that the use of the chemical is regulated but the efforts are not enough since they focus on big firms while small scale mining remain wide spread.

“Big firms doing mining in Uganda can be controlled although artisanal mining is still existent and is widely spread across the country,” said Ms Akello.

She further observed that mercury is not only used in mining but in many other sectors, saying that they also need to be informed about the threat it poses to the environment and its proliferation handled.

“NEMA is doing all the work to ensure that we take into account the stock piles of mercury in in all sectors in the country and advise particular actions to the challenges involved.”

Currently, mercury is used in Batteries, Switches, Compact and linear fluorescent lamps, Mercury vapor and some other specialty lamps, Cosmetics, Pesticides, biocides and antiseptics with mercury, Barometers, hygrometers, manometers, thermometers, sphygmomanometers with mercury, Dental amalgam fillings among others.

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