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Laws and regulations governing the environment (Japan)

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Air Pollution Control Act: Priority hazardous air pollutants

  • Beryllium and beryllium compounds are listed as priority hazardous air pollutants. However, no standards or guidelines address their release into the atmosphere.
  • Some municipalities have emission standards.

Water Pollution Control Law: not regulated

Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act: not regulated

Waste Management and Public Cleansing Law: not regulated

  • Standards apply to the elution of beryllium dumped into the sea.
  • NGK Insulators is promoting the recycling of beryllium copper alloy scrap as part of efforts to make the most of beryllium resources.
  • Beryllium copper alloy scrap (scrap copper) is recycled via copper refining.