‘Notice and consent’ won’t end export abuses ABR

Dec 17, 2008 | 10:41 AM |

The Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR) has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to close an asserted loophole in its regulation of battery scrap exports.

A 1976 U.S. law, correctly interpreted, requires the approval of destination governments whenever a company is exporting battery scrap to a non-industrial country other than Mexico, according to the recyclers. But the EPA has allowed exceptions since at least 1996 and is about to repeat its mistake in a current proceeding, the group claims.

"Exporting spent lead-acid batteries to developing nations, which are not equipped to manage batteries in a safe and environmentally sound manner, poses significant environmental and public health issues," the Tampa, Fla.-based association said in commenting on an Oct. 6 EPA proposal intended to harmonize U.S. battery trade rules with those of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).....

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