Governor furious over possible storage of mercury at Idaho National Lab

Idaho StatesmanJuly 16, 2009 

Should the federal government store 17,000 tons of mercury at the Idaho National Laboratory?

"The answer is no," said Gov. Butch Otter.

In a telephone interview with the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday, Otter said he was angry with the Department of Energy for releasing news that the INL was one of seven sites under consideration to store the highly toxic liquid metal without briefing his staff. Mercury exports were banned by the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008, which also requires DOE to have facilities ready to manage and store mercury by 2013.

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