PITTSBURGH New laws aimed
at stemming metals theft in North Dakota are now in effect,
putting a cap on cash payments and requiring recyclers to boost
"As the price of certain metals
has surged, we have seen a dramatic increase in both the number
of thefts and the value of the stolen items," Wayne Stenehjem,
the states attorney general, said in a statement.
The laws were initially
scheduled to take effect Aug. 1, but the state legislature
added an emergency clause to the bill that brought it into
effect May 1.
Metals recyclers must start
keeping written or electronic records on all ferrous or
nonferrous transactions exceeding $25. Scrapyard employees must
obtain a copy of the sellers identification, as well as
include such details as a description of the load and how much
the customer was paid. The records must be retained for seven
The record-keeping rules
dont apply to purchases from government agencies, other
metals recyclers or industrial customers. Wrecked cars also are
Purchases from industrial wire
scrap generators, such as cable companies, also are exempt from
the record-keeping requirements, but sellers must provide
written evidence of ownership.
All payments in excess of $1,000
must be made by check or electronic transfer.