New Law Requires Safe Disposal of Mercury Thermostats
Monday, June 24, 2013
Environmental groups say a new law requiring manufacturers to collect and safely dispose of thermostats containing mercury will remove a major source of toxic chemical from the waste stream.
The legislation, which awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature, was passed late Friday night by the Senate and Assembly. The Public Interest Research Group says it addresses one of the largest sources of mercury pollution in New York as hundreds of thousands of old thermostats are discarded each year.
Similar laws have been passed in Maine and Vermont. Environmental and public health groups have been advocating a New York law since 2010.
The industry-funded Thermostat Recycling Corporation, which advocates voluntary recycling, objects to some provisions in the New York legislation - such as designating thermostats as hazardous waste.
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