Section: Removal of mercury switches.
6. a. Commencing 30 days after the approval or conditional approval of a mercury minimization plan pursuant to section 5 of this act, a vehicle recycler who sells, gives or otherwise conveys ownership of an end-of-life vehicle to a scrap recycling facility for recycling shall remove all mercury switches identified in the approved mercury minimization plan from the end-of-life vehicle prior to delivery to a scrap recycling facility, unless a mercury switch is inaccessible due to significant damage to the vehicle in the area surrounding the location of the mercury switch, in which case such damage shall be noted on the normal business records of the vehicle recycler who delivered the end-of-life vehicle to the scrap recycling facility.
b. Notwithstanding subsection a. of this section, a scrap recycling facility may agree to accept an end-of-life vehicle, which has not been intentionally flattened, crushed or baled, containing mercury switches, in which case the scrap recycling facility shall be responsible for removing the mercury switches identified in the mercury minimization plan approved pursuant to section 5 of this act before the end-of-life vehicle is intentionally flattened, crushed, baled, or shredded.
c. A vehicle recycler or scrap recycling facility who removes mercury switches pursuant to subsection a. or subsection b. of this section shall maintain records documenting the number of mercury switches collected, the number of end-of-life vehicles containing mercury switches, and the number of end-of-life vehicles processed for recycling. The records shall include the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of each vehicle from which one or more mercury switches were removed, and the number of mercury switches removed from that vehicle. These records shall be made available for review by the department upon the request of the department.
d. No person shall represent that mercury switches have been removed from an end-of-life vehicle being sold, given or otherwise conveyed for recycling if that person has not removed the mercury switches, or arranged with another person to remove the mercury switches.
e. Upon removal, mercury switches shall be collected, stored, transported, and otherwise handled in accordance with the mercury minimization plan approved pursuant to section 5 of this act.
f. Upon removal, mercury switches shall be collected, stored, transported, and otherwise handled in accordance with the provisions of the rules and regulations concerning universal waste adopted by the department pursuant to the "Solid Waste Management Act," P.L.1970, c.39 (C.13:1E-1 et seq.) and the "New Jersey Statewide Mandatory Source Separation and Recycling Act," P.L.1987, c.102 (C.13:1E-99.11 et al.), as applicable.
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