We love mercury. It's all shiny and weird and molten and heavy. Back in 7th grade, we had a container full of it in science class. Then some girl dropped it and they had to call in a Haz-Mat crew to clean the place up. And now the Feds are working with automakers, recyclers and the steel industry to remove the mercury content from junked cars before they're sent to the crusher. According to the EPA, dead autos contribute 11 tons of quicksilver to the environment every year.
EPA rules deal with mercury source hidden in cars [Chicago Tribune]
Feds Lift Mandatory Oxygenate Standard [Internal]