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Section: Development of mercury minimization plan for vehicles by manufacturers.

Statute: 13:1E-99.85

4. a. Within 90 days after the effective date of this act, every manufacturer of vehicles sold within the State, individually or as part of a group, shall develop, in consultation with the department, a mercury minimization plan prepared pursuant to this section and submit the mercury minimization plan to the commissioner for review and approval pursuant to section 5 of this act. b. The mercury minimization plan prepared and submitted pursuant to this section shall include, at a minimum, the following: (1) information identifying the make, model, and year of vehicles, including current or anticipated future production models, that may contain one or more mercury switches; a description of the mercury switches; the location of these mercury switches; and the safe and environmentally sound methods for their removal from end-of-life vehicles. To the extent a manufacturer is uncertain as to the content of a switch installed during the manufacture of a vehicle, the mercury minimization plan shall presume that the switch is a mercury switch; (2) educational materials to assist a vehicle recycler or a scrap recycling facility in undertaking a safe and environmentally sound method for the removal of the mercury switches from end-of-life vehicles, including information on the hazards related to, and the proper handling of, mercury; (3) a proposal for the method of storage or disposal of the mercury switches, including the method of packaging and shipping mercury switches to authorized recycling, storage, or disposal facilities; (4) a proposal for the storage of mercury switches collected and recovered from end-of-life vehicles in the event that environmentally appropriate management technologies are not available; and (5) a plan for implementing and financing the system, in accordance with subsection d. of this section. c. A mercury minimization plan shall, to the extent practicable, utilize the existing end-of-life vehicle recycling infrastructure. Where the existing end-of-life vehicle recycling infrastructure is not utilized, the mercury minimization plan shall include the reasons for establishing a separate infrastructure. d. A mercury minimization plan must provide for the financing of the removal, collection, and recovery system for mercury switches as provided in this subsection. These costs shall be borne by the manufacturers of vehicles sold in the State, and the manufacturers shall develop a method that ensures the prompt payment to vehicle recyclers, scrap recycling facilities and the department, for costs associated with mercury switch removal and disposal. Costs shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) a minimum of $2 for each mercury switch removed by a vehicle recycler pursuant to subsection a. of section 6 of this act as partial compensation for the labor and other costs incurred by a vehicle recycler in the removal of the mercury switch; (2) a minimum of $2 for each mercury switch removed by a scrap recycling facility pursuant to subsection b. of section 6 of this act as partial compensation for the labor and other costs incurred by a scrap recycling facility in the removal of the mercury switch; (3) $0.25 for each mercury switch removed by a vehicle recycler pursuant to subsection a. of section 6 of this act or by a scrap recycling facility pursuant to subsection b. of section 6 of this act as partial compensation for the department for costs incurred in administering and enforcing the provisions of this act; (4) packaging in which to transport mercury switches to recycling, storage or disposal facilities; (5) shipping of mercury switches to recycling, storage or disposal facilities; (6) recycling, storage or disposal of the mercury switches; (7) the preparation and distribution to vehicle recyclers and scrap recycling facilities of the educational materials required pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection b. of this section; and (8) maintenance of all appropriate record-keeping systems. e. Within 30 days after the effective date of this act, every manufacturer of vehicles sold within the State, individually or as part of a group, shall provide to vehicle recyclers and scrap recycling facilities containers suitable for storing mercury switches until such time that vehicle recyclers and scrap recycling facilities can be reimbursed pursuant to this section. f. Manufacturers of vehicles sold within the State shall provide recyclers or scrap recycling facilities with reimbursement for each mercury switch in the amount set pursuant to this section regardless of when these switches were removed from the vehicles, provided that the vehicle recyclers or scrap recycling facilities record and provide the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) associated with each mercury switch as required pursuant to section 6 of this act. L.2005,c.54,s.4.

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