Section: Order issued by commissioner to manufacturers
18. a. In the event that the commissioner makes a finding, in writing, that the continued disposal of a specified used dry cell battery, including, but not limited to, any used lithium battery, silver oxide battery, zinc-air battery, alkaline manganese battery or zinc-carbon battery as solid waste presents a threat to the environment or public health and safety, the commissioner may issue an order to every manufacturer of the specified dry cell battery, which order shall include:
(1) The specific type of used dry cell battery which presents a threat to the environment or public health and safety;
(2) A description of the specific threats to the environment or public health and safety which the specified type of used dry cell battery presents;
(3) The specific measures which manufacturers of the specified dry cell battery are directed to undertake immediately to abate or eliminate any threat to the environment or public health and safety; and
(4) The actions which the department will take upon the signing of the order, or at any time thereafter, which may include, but need not be limited to:
(a) requiring every manufacturer to prepare and submit a battery management plan for the environmentally sound collection, transportation, recycling or proper disposal of that used dry cell battery pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of this act;
(b) requiring the suspension of the sale or distribution of that dry cell battery in this State unless the manufacturer prepares and submits a battery management plan that is approved by the department pursuant to the provisions of this section; or
(c) requiring every manufacturer to reduce the cadmium, lead or mercury concentration levels in the dry cell battery to environmentally acceptable and technologically feasible levels as a condition of sale or distribution of that dry cell battery in this State.
b. (1) Any manufacturer required to prepare and submit a battery management plan pursuant to this section shall submit the plan to the department for its review and approval within 12 months of the effective date of the order.
(2) The department is authorized to impose and enforce an indefinite suspension of the sale or distribution in this State of the dry cell battery specified in the order if the manufacturer thereof fails to submit a plan pursuant to the provisions of this subsection.
c. An order issued pursuant to this section shall take effect upon the signing of the order by the commissioner, and the person to whom the order is directed shall comply with the order immediately upon receipt thereof.
d. Any action brought by a person seeking a temporary or permanent stay of an order issued pursuant to this section shall be brought in the Superior Court. Any person bringing such an action shall have the burden of demonstrating, by clear and convincing evidence, that the dry cell battery specified in the order as presenting a threat to the environment or public health and safety does not present a threat to the environment or public health and safety.
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