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Maine closer to adopting mercury recycling law. (Municipal Recycling).

Maine's lawmakers are close to enacting a new recycling law that would mandate the removal of all mercury components from automobiles prior to recycling.

According to published reports, bill LD-1921 has received the backing of the state legislature's Natural Resource Committee. The committee has agreed to bring the bill up for a vote by the legislature later this year.

Chief sponsor of the legislation Sen. John Martin says the bill would require that mercury switches and components be recovered from vehicles produced since the early 1990s.

Legislators must still decide who is paying for the recycling plan, with proposals ranging from holding the automakers responsible for the removal and recycling of the mercury switches to calling for a new excise tax to fund the program.
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Date:Apr 1, 2002
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