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Jakarta Post

RI eager to ban use of mercury

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 18 2010   /  10:16 am

The government has announced it plans to meet an international standard currently being developed that would outlaw the use and production of mercury, which is a highly toxic metal.Head of the government’s team tasked with meeting the regulation, Rasio Ridho Sani, said Indonesians and the local environment were vulnerable to mercury poisoning.“We plan to join the planned legally binding treaty on mercury issues,” Rasio told reporters Wednesday.
Indonesia imported 9 tons of mercury in 2009, primarily for use in dental clinics and small mining operations.The first round talks for the anti-mercury convention was held in Stockholm last week, grouping
delegates from 121 countries and 61 NGOs.During the meeting, Japan declared it would being implementing the regulation in 2013. Japan proposed the agreement be named the Minamata treaty, after the Japanese town in which more than 90...