Brazil Finds Out Its Car Battery Is a Time Bomb

Amid rising concern with the final destination of batteries (both domestic and industrial), the use of products made with asbestos, and the importation of industrial residuals that are used in fertilizers, the National Environmental Council (Conama) met to discuss legal norms for the use, handling and disposal of these items which are all toxic to humans.

As for batteries, a two-pronged approach is underway, says Bertoldo Silva Costa, a sanitation and environmental engineer at Conama.

"First we want to make the battery less dangerous for the user. Then we want to ensure that after it is used it can be disposed of, in landfills, for example, or recycled, without presenting a further danger," he explained.

Costa says the way to do this is by reducing the presence of heavy metals in batteries. He points out that since 1999 Brazil has had norms on batteries (Resolution 279), but those norms have to be updated.

Since the implementation of the 1999 norms the domestic battery has been improved immensely. But the four-kilo automobile battery, made of lead, is not dealt with in the 1999 norms and the result is that one of those batteries will cause more damage to the environment than a truckload of domestic batteries, explains Costa.

Conama intends to begin an educational campaign to make the public aware of the problem.

Agência Brasil

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Ethanol Production in Brazil Jumps 20% Thanks to Country’s Eco-Friendly Fleet

Brazil's production of ethanol grew approximately 20% in the current crop, and sugarcane production ...

Sorry, That’s War

Katia Lund, co-director of City of God, sounds out: "Damn, I am talking about ...

Brazil’s Ex-President Cardoso: Lula Is Back in Politics with His “Usual Scorn for Principles”

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff’s handling of her cabinet chief Antonio Palocci crisis has come ...

Brazil’s Gol Joins Amadeus System for Global Ticketing

Brazilian Airline Gol and Amadeus, a company specialized in travel and tourism market, have ...

800 Exhibitors and 14 Countries in Rio for Oil Expo

Brazil is promoting starting today, September 11, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, ...

Ethanol and Biodiesel Part of Brazil’s Newly Created Agro-Energy Company

The utilization in Brazil of agricultural raw material to produce energy will receive greater ...

Carla Vicentini, Brazilian missing in Newark

After Over Two Months Disappeared Brazilian Girl in the US Still Missing

Today, April 26, Brazil’s Minister of Justice, Márcio Thomaz Bastos, will meet with Orlando ...

Study Offers Suggestions on How to Increase Population of Brazil’s Jaguars

For people living on the Brazilian plains jaguars versus cattle is an age-old conflict. ...

Brazil Offers Zero Interest Loan, But Red Tape Makes It Hard to Get Money.

Brazil’s Ministry of Cities has US$ 154 million in this year’s budget to offer ...

A Word from Brazil to the EU: Don’t Dump Your Old Tires on Us

Brazil’s Minister of Environment, Marina Silva, is participating in the opening of an arbitration ...