Stockpiles of toxic mercury kept by industry soon will be stored safely
in the United States instead of ending up on the world market where it
might pollute the environment.
Under bipartisan legislation Congress sent to President George W. Bush Monday for his expected signature, mercury exports would be banned in 2013 and the Energy Department would be required to store the heavy metal permanently.
The bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Barack Obama, introduced the bill in response to a 2005 Tribune series about mercury contamination in fish.