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Russia accedes to the convention providing for the phase-out of mercury use

The Russian Federation will sign the Minamata Mercury Convention. According to the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, the deputy head of the Ministry of Natural Resources Rinat Gizatulin will take part in the signing ceremony to be held at the UN headquarters in New York 24 September.

The Minamata Convention regulates the use of mercury and provides for the phasing out of this toxic substance. It also provides for the removal from production and removal from use in institutions of products containing mercury compounds, including medical thermometers, pressure measuring instruments, barometers and other measuring devices, fluorescent lamps, batteries, mercury-containing amalgams in dentistry, as well as some types of soap and cosmetics.

В July 2014 пchairman пof the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev signed an order developed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation on the signing of the International Minamata Convention on Mercury. According to the document, by 2018, the production of acetaldehyde using mercury as a catalyst will have to stop, and by 2025, the production of chlorine alkali, at which mercury is used, will be stopped. In special cases it is allowed to use this metal in medical measuring devices up to 2030.

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