February 9th, 2009
From Green Right Now reports
A group of pro-environment organizations is urging the U.S. to support a legally binding mercury treaty at a United Nations meeting next week in Nairobi, Kenya.
The coalition of green activists was scheduled to meet with U.S. state department officials today, at which they planned to present a letter signed by 50 U.S.-based groups and another 40 abroad, urging President Obama to support a mercury treaty.
Countries around the globe have been discussing options to control mercury pollution since 2001 and in 2003 agreed that enough was known to warrant immediate action to reduce global mercury pollution, according to the letter. Most countries now favor the negotiation of a legally binding international agreement as the most viable approach to deal with this problem, the activists say.