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 Parliament Report Would  Revise Battery Directive

The European Parliament Committee for the Environment, Public Health and Consumer has received a report recommending an amendment to the EC directive on batteries and accumulators. It would include a limit of 40 ppm of lead in all but automotive batteries. Other amendments could have drastic impacts on Nickel-cadmium cells and increase recycling requirements.

The Battery man, April 2004, p 22
 Kellogg stops using mercury batteries in its toys in cereal boxes. Both the states of New Hampshire and Connecticut took action for the removal of the   “Spidey-Signal” toy, containing a battery with mercury,  in its cereal boxes.  In addition, New York State has signed a law banning novelty items powered by mercury batteries;  New York’s law will go into effect in January 2005.