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    Postscript on the Battery Recycling Controversy in Paraná

    By Keith R | September 30, 2007

    Topics: Hazardous Substances, Waste & Recycling | No Comments »

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    Remember the local opposition to a car battery “recycling” (mining) operation in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná last March that eventually led to state environment officials in May to suspend the company’s environmental license and initiating a full review of all state  environmental, health and safety policies regarding enterprises handling lead and its compounds?

    Well, the state environment secretariat, SEMA, just issued tougher environmental licensing rules the Paraná Environment Institute (IAP) must follow for operations involving (a) secondary smelting of lead; (b) the manufacture and/or mounting of lead-acid batteries; (c) recycling of lead-acid batteries.  The new rules include three pages of specific technical criteria for the placement, implantation and operation of such operations.

    Paraná, it seems, is not only not afraid of reviewing and fine-tuning its environmental policies as needed, but can do it swiftly and thoroughly.  Parabéns!

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