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NIMD Forum 2008
Mercury Recycling and Environmental Monitoring for a Sustainable Society

Reports:

  • Date: 27 March 2008
  • Venue: Minamata Disease Archives, National Institute for Minamata Disease (NIMD)
  • Theme: Mercury Recycling and Environmental Monitoring for a Sustainable Society
The international forum so-called gNIMD Forumh is annually organized by National Institute for Minamata Disease (NIMD) to discuss a number of issues related to mercury.

In 2008, NIMD Forum 2008 was organized as a satellite event of 78th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Hygiene (28-31 March 2008, Kumamoto). 62 participants including the participants in the meeting attended the forum. NIMD would like to thank the resource persons and all participants.

Forum summary
In order to tackle various mercury issues, Japan has been the leading country in reducing the sources of mercury pollution, such as chlor-alkali factories, thermometers, and medicines. However, the uses of mercury remain numerous and varied. Therefore, effective recovery and recycling of mercury used in production are necessary for the effective utilization of this resource. This will also ensure that mercury use is limited to the minimum level, facilitating environmental protection.

NIMD Forum 2008 focused on mercury recycling and environmental monitoring for a sustainable society in order to consider the environmentally sound uses of mercury which caused Minamata disease. We discussed about the current environmental activities in Minamata city, zero mercury emission strategy in Sweden, international mercury monitoring and quality control, and environmentally sound management for mercury waste on UNEP project.

Programme details
Study visit: 26 March, Wednesday, 10:00-15:30
09:45-11:00 Integrated Recycling Center (Eco-town area in Minamata City)
11:30-14:00 Kagumeishi Village Museum
14:30-15:30 Minamata Disease Museum and Minamata Disease Archives
Dr. Kunihiko Nakamurafs farewell lecture: 26 March, Wednesday, 16:00-17:00
16:00-17:00 Mercury resistant bacteria in Minamata Bay
(Chair: Prof. Yagi, O., Nihon Univ.)

NIMD Forum 2008
27 March Thursday@9:45-16:50
Global Mercury Pollution and Exposure
    Hirokatsu Akagi (ex. NIMD)
Recycling Activities in Minamata City
    Tomofumi Tanoue (Minamata City)
Treatment techniques of soil which was contaminated by mercury in Japan
    Akito Matsuyama (NIMD)
Zero Mercury Emission Strategy in Sweden
    Lars Hylander (Uppsala Univ, Sweden)
Wet Deposition Flux of Mercury in Japan
    Koji Marumoto (NIMD)
Inventory of Mercury in Japan
    Misuzu Asari (Kyoto Univ)
Progress of Mercury Analysis and the Significance of Monitoring and Quality Control
    Milena Horvat (The Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
UNEP Global Mercury Programme and Activities in the Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury Waste
    Desiree Narvaez (UNEP)
Environmental Monitoring and Risk Management on Mercury
    Akihiro Toukai (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)









Proceedings

9:45 - 9:50 Opening Remarks
 
9:50 - 10:00
Global Mercury Pollution and Exposure
Dr. Hirokatsu Akagi (ex. NIMD)
1
10:00 - 10:30
Construction of a gModel Environmental Cityh based on the Experience of and Lessons from the Tragedy of Minamata Disease
Mr. Tomofumi Tanoue (Minamata City Government)
5
10:30 - 10:45 Break

 
10:45 - 11:30
Treatment Techniques of Soil Which Was Contaminated by Mercury in Japan
Dr. Akito Matsuyama (NIMD)
12
11:30 - 12:15
Zero Mercury Emission Strategy in Sweden
Dr. Lars D. Hylander (Uppsala University)
16
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

 
13:15 - 13:45
Mercury Monitoring in Air and Wet Depositions in Japan
Dr. Koji Marumoto (NIMD)
30
13:45 - 14:30
Life-cycle Flow Management of Mercury
Dr. Misuzu Asari (Kyoto University)
35
14:30 - 15:15
Progress of Mercury Analysis and the Significance of Monitoring and Quality Control
Dr. Milena Horvat (The Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia)
45
15:15 - 15:30 Break

 
15:30 - 16:00
UNEP Mercury Programme and Activities on the Environmentally Sound Management of Mercury Waste
Dr. Desiree Narvaez (UNEP Chemicals)
55
16:00 - 16:45
Risk Assessment of Industrial Chemicals Aiming at Better Risk Management
Dr. Akihiro Toukai (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
63
16:45 - 16:50 Closing remarks