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SB1911 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    January 15, 2015
        Introduced  by  Sen.  MARCELLINO  -- read twice and ordered printed, and
          when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conser-
        AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation  to  the
          disposal and removal of mercury switches from automobiles
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 27-2101 of the environmental  conservation  law  is
     2  amended  by  adding  three  new  subdivisions  30,  31 and 32 to read as
     3  follows:
     4    30. "Motor vehicle mercury switch" means a light switch or an antilock
     5  braking system switch that contains mercury and  was  installed  by  the
     6  manufacturer in a motor vehicle.
     7    31.  "End  of life vehicle" means any identifiable motor vehicle, with
     8  or without all component parts, which is  in  such  condition  that  its
     9  highest  or  primary value is either in its sale for reusable components
    10  or recyclable materials.
    11    32. "Automotive recycler" means an  individual  or  business  that  is
    12  engaged in the act of buying or acquiring motor vehicles for the purpose
    13  of dismantling, selling, or otherwise processing components and recycla-
    14  ble  materials, and is licensed by the department of motor vehicles as a
    15  vehicle dismantler.
    16    § 2. The environmental conservation law is amended  by  adding  a  new
    17  section 27-2119 to read as follows:
    18  § 27-2119. Removal,  collection  and  recovery  of motor vehicle mercury
    19               switches.
    20    1. Manufacturers of motor vehicles sold at retail in this  state  that
    21  contain  "motor vehicle mercury switches" shall, individually or collec-
    22  tively, establish and implement a collection and  recovery  program  for
    23  such  switches.  All  manufacturers  of motor vehicles sold at retail in
    24  this state shall submit to the department for  review  and  approval,  a
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 1911                             2
     1  proposed  plan  to  remove,  collect  and  recover motor vehicle mercury
     2  switches from end of life vehicles. Such collection and recovery  system
     3  shall include, but not be limited to the following:
     4    (a) information identifying the make, model and year of motor vehicles
     5  equipped with motor vehicle mercury switches;
     6    (b) a description of the acceptable methods of removal of such switch-
     7  es; and
     8    (c)  a  method to collect and store switches and the mercury recovered
     9  from them.
    10    2. Manufacturers shall bear the total cost of implementing the  system
    11  and  the  removal, and collection of switches. Such costs shall include,
    12  but not be limited to, the following:
    13    (a) the provision of an appropriate container or containers for use by
    14  automotive recyclers for the safe storage of and  transport  of  mercury
    15  switches extracted from end of life vehicles;
    16    (b)  acceptance,  storage  and  transport  of  any  approved container
    17  containing mercury switches along with the payment  of  a  fee  of  four
    18  dollars  for  each motor vehicle mercury switch removed by an automotive
    19  recycler and delivered to such manufacturer.  The  fee  shall  serve  as
    20  partial compensation for such recycler's labor and any other costs asso-
    21  ciated with such mercury switch removal;
    22    (c)  the packaging and container necessary for collection and shipment
    23  of mercury switches to recycling, storage or disposal facilities;
    24    (d) the cost of shipping motor vehicle mercury switches to  recycling,
    25  storage or disposal facilities; and
    26    (e) the cost of recycling, storage or disposal of motor vehicle mercu-
    27  ry added switches.
    28    3.  Within  ninety  days  of the receipt of a manufacturer's plan, the
    29  department shall determine whether the plan complies with the provisions
    30  of this section, and approve or disapprove the plan.  If  such  plan  is
    31  approved, the manufacturer shall begin implementation of the plan within
    32  thirty days of receipt of the approval from the department. If such plan
    33  is  disapproved,  the department shall inform the manufacturer as to the
    34  reasons the plan  was  disapproved.  The  manufacturer  shall  submit  a
    35  revised plan within thirty days of receipt of a notice of disapproval.
    36    4. (a) Every automotive recycler shall remove any mercury switch in an
    37  end of life vehicle prior to dismantling the vehicle or sending it to be
    38  shredded,  crushed  or  otherwise  destroyed. After removing the mercury
    39  switch the automotive recycler shall place the  switch  in  a  container
    40  provided  by the manufacturer. When the container is full the automotive
    41  recycler shall return  the  container  to  the  manufacturer  who  shall
    42  dispose of the switches in accordance with state and federal law.
    43    (b)  The  automotive  recycler shall certify that any and all switches
    44  have been removed from an end of life vehicle prior to shredding, crush-
    45  ing or otherwise destroying the vehicle. No person shall represent  that
    46  motor  vehicle  mercury  switches  have been removed from an end of life
    47  vehicle, sold, given or  otherwise  conveyed  for  recycling  when  such
    48  person  knows  or  has  reason to know, that such switches have not been
    49  removed.
    50    § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of January next  succeed-
    51  ing  the  date on which it shall have become a law; provided that effec-
    52  tive immediately any rules, regulations and actions necessary to  imple-
    53  ment  the provisions of this act on its effective date are authorized to
    54  be commenced and completed prior to such date.
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