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North Carolina’s $5 Mercury Switch Bounty to End Early

Last year in North Carolina, the 2016 Appropriations Act was passed and signed into law (S.L. 2016-94) repealing the NC Mercury Switch Removal Program (MSRP) effective June 30, 2017.
This program would have expired December 31, 2017 under previous law. Earlier this month, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informed stakeholders of this change in date and urged them to send any collected mercury switches to the End of Life Vehicle Solutions Program (ELVS) by May 1, 2017, “to be eligible for the last $5.00 reimbursement from North Carolina’s MSRP for each switch turned into this program. As you turn in mercury switches for reimbursement, please call or e-mail me at 919-707-8216 or sue.page@ncdenr.gov to let me know that you have mailed in a bucket containing mercury switches for payment from the ELVS Program.” The NCDEQ warned that elimination of the NC MSRP does not eliminate the requirement to “remove, collect, and recover mercury switches contained in ‘end-of-life’ vehicles prior to crushing, shredding, or smelting the vehicles. Failure to do so may result in fines and/or imprisonment along with the potential for administrative penalties being issued against the offender.” Collected mercury switches may continue to be sent to ELVS after the NC MSRP expires. For information about mercury switch removal programs, please contact Justin Short, legislative analyst for ISRI, at (202) 662-8522.

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