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Spent Batteries From U.S. Put Mexicans’ Health at Risk
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The spent batteries Americans turn in for recycling are increasingly being sent to Mexico, where their lead is often extracted by crude methods that are illegal in the United States, exposing plant workers and local residents to dangerous levels of a toxic metal.

The rising flow of batteries is a result of strict new Environmental Protection Agency standards on lead pollution, which make domestic recycling more difficult and expensive, but do not prohibit companies from exporting the work and the danger to countries where standards are low and enforcement is lax.

Mexican environmental officials acknowledge that they lack the money, manpower and technical capacity to police a fast-growing industry now operating in many parts of the country, often in dilapidated neighborhoods like the one here, 30 miles northwest of Mexico City.

Batteries are imported through official channels or smuggled in to satisfy a growing demand for lead, once cheap and readily available but now in short global supply. Lead batteries are crucial to cellphone towers, solar power arrays and the exploding Chinese car market, and the demand for lead has increased as much as tenfold in a decade.

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How can Americans whine about all those illegal immigrants from Mexico without thinking about how this country has been trashing that country for years, from NAFTA to corn welfare to exporting our toxic waste there.
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  -Spent Batteries From U.S. Put Mexicans’ Health at Risk alp227  Dec-08-11 07:53 PM   #0 
  - I didn't know there was a market for exploding Chinese cars. n/t  Ian David   Dec-08-11 07:55 PM   #1 
  - Is there any other kind?  bluedigger   Dec-08-11 08:10 PM   #2 
  - E-waste "recycling" in places like Africa and India is horrific  IDemo   Dec-08-11 08:44 PM   #3 
  - Lead in used U.S. batteries put Mexicans at risk  Judi Lynn   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #4 
  - A good, blunt heads up to Mexican regulators to up their recycling standards.  pinto   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #5 
  - Strange, how the lead in used Mexican batteries don't seem to put them at risk.  Lasher   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #6 
  - Strange how the US consumes damned near everything, inc. lead...  TheMadMonk   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #7 
     - Everybody wants to consume.  Lasher   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #8 
        - True enough. But far too many Americans deliberately OVERCONSUME...  TheMadMonk   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #10 
           - Wait a minute, Mexicans want those used batteries.  Lasher   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #11 
              - So anyone who's desperate enough to risk their own lives for your...  TheMadMonk   Dec-09-11 03:56 PM   #12 
                 - So what do you do with your own depleted batteries?  Lasher   Dec-09-11 08:50 PM   #13 
                    - Do you really want a pissing match? Stop deliberately misinterpretting...  TheMadMonk   Dec-10-11 06:12 AM   #14 
                       - It is a legitimate appeal to the principle of similar circumstances.  Lasher   Dec-10-11 09:46 AM   #17 
                          - I outsource to a responsible recycler. The US outsources ALWAYS...  TheMadMonk   Dec-10-11 07:56 PM   #18 
                             - Australia’s big export – lead poison  Lasher   Dec-12-11 05:35 AM   #20 
  - Its America's fault for not attaching Environmental Rules to NAFTA  FreakinDJ   Dec-09-11 06:13 AM   #9 
  - This is Mexico's fault, not ours. Mexico is a oligarchy, has been since before Pancho Villa.  Drahthaardogs   Dec-10-11 06:28 AM   #15 
  - We need a revolution also.  Hotler   Dec-10-11 08:47 AM   #16 
  - Spent batteries from Mexico too. n/t  tabasco   Dec-10-11 10:45 PM   #19 

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