US asked to halt battery exports to Mexico

Dec 15, 2011 | 02:48 PM | Sean Davidson

Tags  spent lead-acid battery, Johnson Controls, Occupational Knowledge International, Perry Gottesfeld, Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — U.S. exports of spent lead-acid batteries to Mexico have returned to the spotlight after a new report highlighting environmental risks gains mainstream media attention.

The report, published by Occupational Knowledge (OK) International, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that advocates the improvement of public health, detailed poor recycling practices in Mexico and called on private companies and government agencies to voluntarily cease all battery exports to Mexico.

In the wake of the report, the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America called on the intergovernmental agency to investigate export practices, following up on its 2007 report on the same issue, and "recommend actions to promote compliance with environmentally sound management criteria."....

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