Energy Department seeks national storage site for mercury

Kansas City is on the short list to become the Yucca Mountain for mercury.

A new law requires that all of the nation’s waste mercury-- now estimated at about 10,000 tons -- must be stored in one facility, or at most, just a few facilities by 2013.

So the Department of Energy has selected seven potential sites to be the national facility for mercury just as Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was once designated to become the storage location for radioactive waste.

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