Implement Recommendations of the DEP Regarding the State's Mercury-added Lamp Law

Last updated: Jun 13, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Ralph Tucker, House 50
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1668

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill has been passed and signed into law by Governor Mills.

Summary:

This bill, which is reported out by the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2019, H.P. 883, implements the Department of Environmental Protection's recommendations regarding the State's mercury-added lamp law as included in the department's annual report on the State's product stewardship programs.

The bill makes a number of changes to the State's mercury-added lamp law, including the following.

1. It amends the scope of mercury-added lamp recycling programs to require acceptance by such programs of mercury-added lamps from covered entities, which are defined in the bill as households, elementary schools or secondary schools located in the State; businesses located in the State that employ 100 or fewer individuals; and nonprofit organizations located in the State that are exempt from taxation under the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Section 501(c)(3) and employ 100 or fewer individuals. Under current law, such recycling programs are required to accept mercury-added lamps only from households.

2. It revises the requirements for mercury-added lamp recycling programs, including provisions regarding collection sites and education and outreach efforts, and adds program performance goals.

3. It clarifies the information required to be reported annually to the department by manufacturers of mercury-added lamps.

The committee has not taken a position on the substance of the bill and by reporting this bill out, the committee is not suggesting and does not intend to suggest that it agrees or disagrees with any aspect of this bill. The committee is reporting the bill out for the sole purpose of obtaining a printed bill that can be referred to the committee for a public hearing and subsequent committee action in the normal course.