ISRI joined with other stakeholders in signing an extension to the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program (NVMSRP) that will keep the voluntary collection program operating through December 31, 2021.
The NVMSRP provides for the transportation and recycling of mercury convenience switches from end-of-life vehicles in order to reduce mercury releases to the environment.
Why this matters: Participation by dismantlers and recyclers is voluntary and absolves them of liability once the switches are collected.
The program was set to expire at the end of 2017 but events since suggest that a significant number of mercury switches have yet to be captured.
Bottom Line: The extension fulfills both these requirements and will continue to protect participating recyclers and dismantlers through the end of 2021.
Go deeper: For more information contact Mark Reiter. A final version of the extension will be posted to ISRI's White Papers, Reports, and Analysis page when available.
ISRI Joins with Other Associations Calling for Administration Nominees
- At the beginning of Year 2 of The Trump Administration nominating political officials to sub-Cabinet level positions, Boards and Commissions remain very slow.
- The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has only 2 Acting Board Members
- Significant STB decisions have to await appointed and confirmed Board members
- However, to date, none have been nominated by the President
- Therefore, a rule before the STB removing the steel exemption to the benefit of recyclers cannot be voted on at this time.