Mercury Regulations explain government’s civil penalties stance

The government has confirmed why it drew up a new framework for civil penalties for mercury and F-gas breaches, rather than use the established civil sanction regime

Dentist with gloves mixing filling material. Photograph: anatoliygleb/123RF
Glass ionomers are replacing mercury amalgam fillings, which will soon be subject to greater regulation. Photograph: Anatoliygleb/123RF

The government has partially explained why it appears to have rejected introducing new civil sanctions in favour of a new approach to civil enforcement.

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