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printreg, August, 2002
Scope of Federal Universal Waste Regulations


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From:Debra Jacobson(djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date:Thu, 01 Aug 2002 10:58:24


Here's an interesting point about the federal universal waste regulations that you should be aware of. For more information about mercury issues see http://p2rx.org/P2InfoNexpert/Toxins.cfm Debra Jacobson ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Do the federal universal waste regulations include all mercury-containing devices? No. The current federal universal waste regulations cover mercury-containing thermostats, but not other mercury-containing devices. According to 40 CFR 273.9, a thermostat is a temperature control device that contains metallic mercury in an ampoule attached to a bi-metal sensing element, as well as mercury-containing ampoules that have been properly removed from these temperature control devices. Several states include mercury-containing devices in their universal waste rules, and EPA has proposed a new section to the universal waste rule that will apply to most mercury-containing devices. A copy of the proposed rule can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/hazwaste/recycle/electron/crt.htm Source: "reg of the day" listserv operated by Tammy Silverthorne @ the Environmental Resource Center



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