Ireland has adopted new European Union (Mercury) Regulations 2018 (S.I. 533 of 2018) which provide for the enforcement of the EU Mercury Regulation (EU) 2017/852. The latter establishes a regulatory framework to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. The regulations cover measures and conditions concerning:
- the use and storage of and trade in mercury, mercury compounds and mixtures of mercury;
- the manufacture and use of and trade in mercury-added products:
- the management of mercury waste;
Putting in place the new National Regulations will facilitate Ireland's ratification of the UN Minamata Convention on Mercury in 2019. The Minamata Convention provides an international regulatory framework with the aim of protecting human health and the global environment from the harmful effects of mercury.
Further information is available at: http://www.epa.ie/enforcement/chemicals/mercury/