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Section: Sale of rechargeable consumer products restricted, exemptions

Statute: 13:1E-99.64

6. a. On or after July 1, 1993, no person shall sell, offer for sale, or offer for promotional purposes in this State any rechargeable consumer product unless: (1) the rechargeable battery is readily removable from the product; or the rechargeable battery is contained in a battery pack which is separate from the product and the battery pack is readily removable from the product; (2) the rechargeable consumer product, the package containing the product, or the rechargeable battery are labeled pursuant to the provisions of subsection b. of this section; and (3) the instruction manual for the rechargeable consumer product includes information explaining methods to assure the proper disposal of used nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable batteries, as appropriate. b. Every rechargeable consumer product, the package containing the product, or the rechargeable battery contained therein shall be labeled in a manner which is visible to consumers prior to purchase informing consumers that used rechargeable batteries may not enter the solid waste stream, and that these types of used dry cell batteries shall be collected, recycled or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. The label shall contain one of the following statements, as appropriate, printed in capital letters: "CONTAINS NICKEL-CADMIUM BATTERY. MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY"; or "NICKEL-CADMIUM BATTERY. MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY." "CONTAINS SEALED LEAD BATTERY. MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY"; or "SEALED LEAD BATTERY. MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY." c. Any person may, in accordance with rules or regulations adopted by the department pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," apply for a temporary exemption from the requirements of paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section for any rechargeable consumer product which was sold in this State at any time prior to the effective date of this act. (1) Any person seeking a temporary exemption shall submit an application, in writing, to the department for its review and approval. The application shall include the following information: (a) Documented evidence that the rechargeable consumer product for which the exemption is sought was sold in this State prior to the effective date of this act; (b) A statement setting forth the specific basis upon which the exemption is sought; (c) The full name, business address, telephone number and signature of the person seeking the exemption; and (d) The full name, business address and telephone number of the authorized local representative of the person seeking the exemption. (2) The information required pursuant to this subsection shall be furnished to the department for each specified rechargeable consumer product for which an exemption is sought. (3) The department shall approve or deny a temporary exemption upon receipt of an application therefor. Any temporary exemption approved by the department shall be based on evidence furnished to the department that: (a) The redesign of the rechargeable consumer product to comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would result in significant danger to public health and safety; and (b) The rechargeable consumer product cannot reasonably be redesigned and manufactured to comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section during the time period for which the temporary exemption would be issued or renewed. (4) The temporary exemptions provided in this subsection may be issued or renewed by the department after July 1, 1993 for periods not to exceed 12 months, except that any renewal granted by the department shall be based on evidence furnished to the department that there is no feasible or practical alternative or substitute for the specified rechargeable consumer product. d. The department may, in accordance with a fee schedule adopted as a rule or regulation pursuant to the provisions of the "Administrative Procedure Act," establish and charge reasonable fees for any of the services to be performed or rendered in connection with this section, and for the costs of compliance monitoring and administration. The fee schedule shall reasonably reflect the duration or complexity of the specific service performed or rendered, information reviewed, or inspection conducted. L.1991,c.521,s.6.

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