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Export permission of used lead battery export to Korea may have

2017.05.20 09:29

In Japan, the Act on Control of Export, Import and Others of Specified Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes will be revised on June 1st this year. The revision is expected to cause a difficulty in getting a new export permission of used lead batteries to Korea.

 

An informal meeting was held on May 17th, 2017 to exchange opinions between the Environmental Protection Guidance Office of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and primary and secondary lead smelters about exporting of used lead batteries to Korea.

 

According to a source, as to the revision of the ministerial ordinance scheduled on June 1st, 2017, lead smelters asked quite sharp questions about the criteria of the new export permits to Korea.

 

Same level of effluent standard to be requested

The revised ministerial ordinance would request the same level of criteria as that for non OCED member countries when exporting used lead batteries to Korea. That means more documents require to be submitted to the Ministry of the Environment..

 

Following criteria are expected to be implemented;

 1. To check the site where the used lead batteries are exported 

 2. To check if the operation is done under the same environmental standard as Japan (in particular, effluent standard)

 

The Japan's effluent standard is the severest in the world. The allowable maximum of lead is 0.1 mg per liter. The effluent standard which Korean secondary lead smelters take for operation is not known.

 

An executive from Japanese major secondary lead smelter said, “As a result, few export permissions could be granted if Japan requested Korea the same level of effluent standard."

 

A source from an industry association also said, “It would be checked if the operation is being conducted with the same level of environmental standard as Japan. It is being studied whether to conduct an environmental check of the sites which have already had a permission as well as a new permission.

 

All the things have not been decided in details yet. But, it is obvious that the things are moving forward to create markets with the same operating conditions as Japan, which Japanese lead smelters have requested for long time.

Anyhow, there would be no problem if the operations are being conducted under the same effluent standard as Japan.

 

Thus, it looks like a kind of export restrictions to be introduced in the markets, but there is no sign of changes in the flow of used lead batteries from Korea to domestic market.

 

 

(Edited by Sasaki)

 

 

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