24 February, 2016 – CM Consulting is pleased to announce that the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has released a new report providing technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of spent lead-acid batteries (SLABs) in North America.
The guidelines represent the culmination of a 2-year development process during which a team of consultants, led by CM Consulting, prepared and revised various drafts based on comments received from relevant stakeholder groups and technical experts in all three countries. In addition to two public review periods, the consultation process included a stakeholder workshop led by Clarissa Morawski in Mexico City, Mexico, which was attended by more than 100 participants including leading industry, government, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) experts. Key issues discussed at the workshop were SLAB collection, storage, transportation and recycling, and associated ESM considerations.
Although they are voluntary, the development of these guidelines is a key step towards “raising the bar” across North America and ensuring that the regulatory frameworks covering SLAB recycling in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. offer equal levels of environmental and health protection. CM Consulting is proud to have played a key role in this important project and hopes that widespread adoption of ESM practices will follow.