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Fwd: [greenyes] California bans the sale of most mercury thermostats



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>From: "Reindl, John" <Reindl@co.dane.wi.us>
>Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 10:42:24 -0500
>
>Governor Schwarzenegger has signed into law AB 1369 to prohibit the sale and
>distribution of mercury thermostats beginning January 1, 2006 with
>exceptions for those used (1) for manufacturing or industrial purposes and
>(2) for blind or visually impaired people.
>
>Previous California law bans the landfilling of mercury thermostats as of
>the same date.
>
>A web page with the bill and bill history is at
>http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=ab_1369&sess=CUR&hou
>se=B&author=pavley.
>
>  A recent study estimated that in 2000,  4 million plus mercury thermostats
>were sold in the US, containing approximately 15 metric tons of mercury. In
>that same year, an estimated 9.1 million mercury thermostats were removed
>from buildings, containing over 33 metric tons of mercury. In comparision,
>the electric utilities emitted an estimated 48 metric tons of mercury to the
>air from the combustion of coal.
>
>A list of wholesalers that accept mercury thermostats at no cost for
>recycling under the industry paid-for Thermostat Recycling Corporation
>program is on the Internet at
>http://www.nema.org/DocUploads/F7219D9C-9C2E-435B-8156497BBA0A99FE//trc_wholesalerlist.xls
>
>John Reindl, Recycling Manager
>Dane County, Wisconsin

Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
www.garyliss.com 


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