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Section: Submission of battery management plan

Statute: 13:1E-99.66

8. a. (1) Within nine months of the effective date of this act, every manufacturer of mercuric oxide batteries, nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries or sealed lead rechargeable batteries sold or offered for promotional purposes in this State shall prepare and submit a battery management plan, in writing, to the department for the environmentally sound collection, transportation, recycling or proper disposal of each specified used dry cell battery produced by that manufacturer. (2) Prior to submission to the department of a battery management plan, every manufacturer of nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable batteries shall consult with distributors and retailers of the rechargeable batteries produced by that manufacturer. No battery management plan shall require a retail establishment where food or food products are sold or offered for sale directly to the consumer for consumption off the premises of the retail establishment to accept the return of used rechargeable batteries. b. Each battery management plan submitted by a manufacturer shall include, as appropriate, but need not be limited to: (1) Designation of the collector, transporter, processor or collection system to be utilized by the manufacturer, or by the county or municipality, institutional generator, retailer or small quantity generator on behalf of the manufacturer, for the collection, transportation, recycling or proper disposal of used mercuric oxide batteries or used rechargeable batteries in each county, including, as appropriate, evidence of contracts or agreements entered into therefor; (2) Designation of the funding source or mechanism to be utilized by the manufacturer to defray the costs of implementing the battery management plan; (3) A strategy for informing consumers, on any store display promoting the sale or use of the rechargeable batteries he manufactures, that these types of used dry cell batteries may not enter the solid waste stream, and that a convenient mechanism for the collection, transportation, recycling or proper disposal of used rechargeable batteries is available to the consumer; (4) A Statewide consumer education program to assure the widespread dissemination of information concerning the environmental impact of the improper disposal of used mercuric oxide batteries or rechargeable batteries, and to inform consumers that manufacturers of these types of dry cell batteries are liable for their environmentally sound disposal; and (5) A strategy for establishing and implementing, as the department deems necessary, an industry-wide uniform coding system for the identification and labeling of all mercuric oxide batteries or rechargeable batteries by brand name, electrode type, product type or shape; except that the commissioner may grant a waiver from this requirement based on evidence furnished to the department that it is not technologically feasible to label a specified dry cell battery. The commissioner shall maintain on file in the department for public inspection copies of any uniform coding system implemented pursuant to this paragraph. The department shall provide a copy to any person upon request. c. Any manufacturer seeking approval of a battery management plan for the environmentally sound collection, transportation, recycling or proper disposal of any specified used mercuric oxide battery, used nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable battery that he manufactures shall submit the plan to the department for its review and approval. Notice of any battery management plan received by the department pursuant to this subsection shall be published in the New Jersey Register. The commissioner shall maintain on file in the department for public inspection copies of any battery management plan received by the department pursuant to this subsection. The department shall provide a copy to any person upon request at a cost not to exceed the cost of reproduction. (1) The department shall promptly review all plans submitted pursuant to this subsection. The department shall, within 30 days of receipt of a plan, request that the manufacturer submit additional information to assist in its review if it deems that such information is necessary. If no such request is made, the plan shall be construed to be completed. In the event that additional information is requested, the plan shall be construed to be completed when the additional information is received by the department. (2) The department shall approve or deny a plan within 45 days of receipt of a completed plan. In the event that the department fails to take action on a plan within the 45-day period specified herein, then the plan shall be deemed to have been approved. (3) The department shall review any battery management plan submitted by a manufacturer and approved pursuant to this subsection at least once every 24 months following its initial approval. If the department finds, in writing, that the plan is no longer a convenient or economically feasible method for the collection, transportation, recycling or proper disposal of these types of used dry cell batteries, the department may require the manufacturer to submit a new or revised plan for its review and approval; except that any previously approved plan shall remain in effect until such time as a new or revised plan is approved by the department. d. Within 15 months of the effective date of this act and at least once every six months thereafter, every manufacturer of mercuric oxide batteries or rechargeable batteries shall submit a written report to the department on used dry cell battery return or recovery rates in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the department therefor. e. Manufacturers may establish an advisory council comprised of members of the dry cell battery industry, institutional generators, retailers, small quantity generators and county representatives in order to facilitate the collection, transportation, recycling or proper disposal of used mercuric oxide batteries or used rechargeable batteries in this State. L.1991,c.521,s.8.

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