Associated Press - July 7, 2009 11:55 AM ET
The Hanford nuclear reservation is 1 of 7 sites the Energy Department is considering as a national, long-term storage site for mercury.
The Tri-City Herald reports the Environmental Protection Agency says the nation could have as much as 11,000 tons of mercury from private sources eligible for storage over 40 years.
The DOE is looking for storage sites because mercury exports will be banned beginning in 2013.
Mercury is toxic. It's used in gold mining and manufacturing chlorine and caustic soda, and it's reclaimed from recycling and waste recovery operations.
The Energy Department plans a public meeting in Richland July 28 to determine what should be included in an environmental study.
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