General Assembly Resolution # 558
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #371 “Toxic Heavy Metals Act” (Category: Environmental; Industry Affected: All Businesses - Strong) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
The World Assembly,
Noting the good intent of the Toxic Heavy Metals Act which aims to sensibly limit the use of toxic heavy metals,
Understanding that the definition of "Toxic Heavy Metals" is incredibly broad and problematic as the resolution does not require that toxic heavy metals actually be toxic, only "potentially toxic" (which may apply to far more metals than is intended), reasonably dense and noted as such by the World Assembly Scientific Programme,
Realizing that such an incredibly broad definition does the following:
bans member states from discharging these metals into the "natural environment," (which again, applies to more metals than intended),
forces member states to waste valuable resources and funding researching alternatives to the use of all these toxic heavy metals, which as noted above can include harmless metals and,
needlessly regulates the use of harmless metals,
Recognizing that the language used to actually reduce the use of toxic heavy metals is extremely weak, as the only mandate related to use requires member states "phase out the use of toxic heavy metals and their compounds" without any further elaboration which allows for extremely slow and negligible reduction of the use of toxic heavy metals,
Confused by the exemption of military use of toxic heavy metals, as military use is just as damaging to the environment as civilian use, when such use is actually damaging, and such an exemption also makes way for loopholes in the form of otherwise illegal disposal of toxic heavy metals in the name of military use,
Hereby repeals GA#371, the Toxic Heavy Metals Act.