By Alex DobuzinskisAssociated PressAUSTIN (AP) — The U,S.
has been ordered to ban the use or manufacture of industrial chemicals such as mercury in nearly 1,500 plants that produce and process chemicals that can be used to make glass, plastics and other products, a trade group said Wednesday.
Industrial chemical makers are concerned about their ability to control mercury emissions from their factories and the effects on their employees who work in them, said the Chemical Industry Council, which represents chemical manufacturers.
It’s a decision that is likely to have a significant impact on the chemical industry and on American jobs.
The trade group has called for the U.N. agency responsible for regulating chemicals to take immediate action to ban mercury from manufacturing.
That could include using an international agreement or other measures to regulate industrial chemicals.
The U.K., which has not banned industrial chemicals from use, has been reluctant to act, arguing that such use is necessary to protect human health and the environment.
Industry groups are pushing the U,N.
A new U.J.C.P.O. report said that as many as 1.7 million Americans work in industries that produce or process chemicals used to manufacture plastics, rubber and other consumer goods.