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Title: EPA proposes SNUR on auto mercury switches
EPA steps forward to regulate uses of mercury which no longer exist?  Interesting.

JG

http://www.epa.gov/mercury/snur.htm

Significant New Use Rule for Certain Mercury Auto Switches
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EPA is proposing a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) to require notification to EPA 90 days prior to US manufacture, import or processing of elemental mercury for use in convenience light switches, anti-lock brake system (ABS) switches and active ride control system switches in certain motor vehicles. On January 1, 2003, American automakers voluntarily discontinued the use of mercury switches in convenience lights, ABS systems, and ride control systems. Foreign automakers had previously discontinued use of such switches. This proposed rule covers manufacture or processing of elemental mercury for:
  1       use in convenience light switches, ABS switches and active ride control system switches in new motor vehicles,
2       use in convenience light switches as new aftermarket replacement parts for any motor vehicles, and
     3       use in ABS and ride control switches as new aftermarket replacement parts for motor vehicles that were manufactured after January 1, 2003.

The proposed rule does not include mercury switches used as aftermarket replacement parts for ABS and ride control systems in pre-2003 vehicles, because there are currently no suitable non-mercury substitutes for these replacement parts and the remaining market for these products is very limited and declining. The required notice would provide EPA with the opportunity to evaluate any resumption of use of mercury in these switches, and, if necessary, to prohibit or limit such activity before it occurs in order to prevent unreasonable risk of injury to human health or the environment.

EPA encourages the public to
submit written comments on the Proposed Significant New Use Rule for Mercury Switches in Motor Vehicles.
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Jeff Gearhart
Ecology Center
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