Bolivia’s mercury imports rise 12 times

An investigation by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, based in Amsterdam, in coordination with the Center for Documentation and Information Bolivia (CEDIB), reports that Bolivia imported in the last four years, between 647 and 1,366 tons of mercury (there are no current, reliable figures from the Government, the source is suppliers from Mexico that handle the two numbers above). Imports of this mineral until 2014 were at a rate of 15 tons per year. Bolivia signed the Minamata Convention in Japan in 2013, committing countries to gradually reduce the import and use of mercury in their respective territories.

Source: Los Tiempos