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Organization(s) Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
Project Description During 2002, the NEWMOA member states formed a Clearinghouse - the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) - to facilitate: ongoing technical and programmatic assistance to states that have enacted provisions of the Mercury Education and Reduction Model Legislation; and a single point of contact for industry and the public for information on mercury-added products and member states' mercury education and reduction programs.

The first function of IMERC has been to provide a central repository of the Mercury-Added Product Notification Forms that manufacturers and distributors have been submitting for approval under recently-enacted state laws in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The Forms require the mercury-added product manufacturers and distributors to provide information on the mercury content of their products or the components in their products and the total amount of mercury used in all of the product sold in the US in 2001. IMERC has used this information to create the "Mercury-Added Products Database," which can be found at http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/notification/.

The database is not yet fully populated because the IMERC state members are trying to ensure that the information provided by the manufacturers is accurate and consistent. In many cases this is requiring extensive communications with the manufacturers, distributors, and their representatives. Eventually the database will contain extensive data on the mercury content of hundreds of mercury-added products, including measuring devices, thermostats, and electronic products, and numerous products that contain mercury switches, relays, lamps, and button cell batteries.

More Info www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc.cfm
 
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Name Terri Goldberg
Phone 617-367-8558 ext. 302
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Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 3, Fall 2002 [PDF]

 

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