Singapore has always had to take a comprehensive approach in the way it manage hazardous substances
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Vivian Balakrishnan, says Singapore has always had to take a comprehensive approach in the way it manage hazardous substances.
This is given that its a dense city state without a hinterland.
Delivering the Singapore Statement at the Minimata Convention on Mercury in Japan, he said Singapore has multiple controls to restrict the use of mercury in Singapore.
For instance, batteries and clinical thermometers containing mercury are no longer allowed for import into Singapore.
And local industries do not use mercury.
He said Singapore will also commit to ensuring that all mercury which flows through its ports will strictly comply with the Convention given that it's a major transhipment hub.
Dr Balakrishnan also restated Singapore's intention to support the Convention in the same way and in the same spirit that it has been a party to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions.
Singapore signed the convention yesterday along with some 140 other countries and territories.
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