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|Issue 7 / May 2007|
|Reminder: Upcoming Triennial Mercury-added Product Notification Deadline|
Manufacturers & Distributors of Mercury-added Products:
New State Mercury Reduction Laws & Regulations
Massachusetts Enacts Broad Mercury Reduction Legislation
Massachusetts has joined other New England states in regulating the use of products containing mercury. The Massachusetts Mercury Management Act (passed in July 2006) is designed to keep mercury-added products out of the waste stream. It requires manufacturers of mercury-added products that are sold or distributed in Massachusetts to notify through IMERC, and to establish programs for collecting and recycling their “end of life” products. The law bans the sale of mercury-added thermostats and specific measuring devices (as of May 1, 2008), and of products containing mercury switches and relays (as of May 1, 2009). By May 2008, mercury-added products will need to be labeled so their users will know how to properly dispose of them. Automobile recyclers must remove mercury switches from vehicles before they are crushed. Lamp manufacturers must educate the public about proper management of spent mercury-added lamps (lamp manufacturers do not have to collect and recycle their lamps, but will have to support municipal lamp recycling efforts if lamp recycling does not meet specified targets). The law also bans disposal of mercury-added products in solid waste, starting May 1, 2008.
To fulfill the Act's notification requirements, in place since October 1, 2006, MA DEP has accepted all product notifications that have been approved by the IMERC-member states, and is now working with the Clearinghouse to review new notifications as they are submitted. The Department has also proposed draft regulations that would establish performance standards for manufacturer's collection/recycling plans, vehicle mercury switch removal, and manufacturers' support for municipal lamp recycling. The public comment period for these draft regulations closes on May 14, 2007. For a copy of the law, draft rules, and information about how to submit comments, visit: http://www.mass.gov/dep/toxics/stypes/hgres.htm.
MA DEP expects to publish final rules during Summer 2007 and will propose additional regulations in Fall 2007 to implement other components of the Act. Please note: the regulations would require manufacturers' collection/recycling plans to be submitted to MA DEP no later than 30 days after the final rules take effect.
For more information contact: Lori Segall, MA DEP (617) 654-6595; .
New Maine Rules for Filing Exemptions from Sale Prohibition for Specific Mercury-added Products
New York State Enacts Mercury Reduction Legislation for Automobile Manufacturers
Recent & Upcoming State Compliance Dates for Sales Bans
July 1, 2007 - Effective date for the ban on the sale of mercury switches and relays
May 1, 2008 - Effective date for the ban on the sale of thermostats, barometers, esophageal dilators, bougie tubes, gastrointestinal tubes, flow meters, hygrometers, psychrometers, and pyrometers
May 1, 2009 - Effective date for the ban on the sale of mercury switches and relays
New York -
January 1, 2007 - Effective date for the ban on the sale of hydrometers and manometers
January 1, 2008 - Effective date for the ban on the sale of mercury switches and relays
Rhode Island -
July 1, 2007
January 1, 2007
To view all product sales bans in effect in the IMERC-member states, visit: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/productban.cfm.
New IMERC Web Page Features
IMERC has updated, reorganized, and expanded its compliance guidance WebPages. Along with information about compliance with product labeling, notification, and sales restriction requirements, the WebPages now include a new “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) section and “Ask IMERC” feature that enables users to email questions directly through a form on the IMERC WebPage. The compliance guidance WebPages are available at:
About IMERC Alert
The Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) produces IMERC Alert as a way of communicating critical information with manufacturers, distributors, and importers of mercury-added products and trade organizations that represent those companies. The Alert is designed to provide quick and easy updates on the regulatory requirements of IMERC-member states concerning mercury-added products and other related developments and activities. IMERC Alert is distributed primarily through an e-mail list of companies and organizations that have reported to IMERC that they produce or distribute mercury-added products, and it is posted on the IMERC web page at www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc. IMERC issues this Alert periodically - based on when announcements and new information become available. IMERC would appreciate receiving comments and suggestions on this bulletin; send your ideas to .
IMERC was established by state environmental officials from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to help them implement laws and programs aimed at getting mercury out of products, the waste stream, and the environment. Washington State officially joined IMERC in 2003. Illinois officially joined IMERC in 2004. California, Minnesota, and North Carolina joined IMERC in 2005-2006. IMERC is a program of the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA). In 2001 the NEWMOA member states launched IMERC to provide:
For more information contact: Adam Wienert, IMERC (617) 367-8558 x307;