Recycling group hits N.J. mercury rules

Nov 10, 2004 | 11:19 AM | Paul Schaffer

New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been asked to freeze its effort to require the removal of mercury switches from junked automobiles.

The Automotive Recyclers Association of New Jersey, representing salvage yards, said the state legislature first needs to decide who pays for the effort. "The proposed rules undermine the pending legislation," the association said in a letter to the state DEP.

The salvage group and DEP are both supporters of making automakers fund the collection program. A bill to that effect has passed the lower house of the New Jersey legislature. According to an official at the Steel Recycling Institute, a steel industry group that backs the legislation, the bill has been placed on the state Senate's calendar for a vote, usually a signal that passage is likely.....

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