For immediate release (Bangkok): The U.S. has led a push at the mercury treaty negotiations in Bangkok to further delay any global action on mercury contaminated sites. The sixth negotiating meeting of the Minamata Convention on Mercury has failed to live up to its title, which references the world’s most infamous mercury contaminated site in Minamata, Japan.
IPEN and Ecological Alert and Recovery Thailand (EARTH) held a press conference at the headquarters of the Thai Journalists’ Association to call attention to the mercury pollution issues in Thailand, particularly mercury emissions from coal power plants and other industrial sources such as petroleum and gas production and waste incineration.
The sixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC6) for the Mercury Treaty is currently underway in Bangkok, Thailand. Numerous IPEN representatives are participating in the meeting, and IPEN Co-Chair Manny Calonzo delivered an opening statement on 3 November.