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Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

 
Sec. 1. 38 MRSA 1664, sub-2, C is enacted to read:

 
C.__Beginning January 1, 2007, manufacturers of thermostats
containing mercury that are sold in this State shall pay,
individually or collectively, a minimum of $5 for each
thermostat containing mercury brought to a state-approved
collection site.

 
Sec. 2. 38 MRSA 1664, sub-2, D is enacted to read:

 
D.__By January 1, 2007 and annually thereafter,
manufacturers of thermostats containing mercury that are
sold in this State shall report to the joint standing
committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over
natural resources matters on any fee or other charge
collected on the sale of new thermostats for the purpose of
paying the cost of carrying out the manufacturers'
responsibilities under paragraph C. The report must specify
the amount of the fee or charge collected and how the amount
of the fee or charge was determined. By July 1, 2008 and
annually thereafter, those manufacturers shall report in
writing to the department on the results of the thermostat
collection and recycling efforts required under this
section. The report must include, at a minimum, the number
of thermostats containing mercury collected and recycled
during the previous calendar year, the estimated total
amount of mercury contained in the components and any
recommendations to improve the future collection and
recycling of thermostats containing mercury. By January 1,
2008 and annually thereafter, the department shall report to
the department on the effectiveness of the thermostat
collection and recycling efforts required under this section
and whether the program should be terminated and, if so,
when.

 
SUMMARY

 
This bill requires that beginning January 1, 2007
manufacturers of thermostats containing mercury that are sold in
this State pay a minimum of $5 for each thermostat containing
mercury brought to a state-approved collection site. This bill
also requires that manufacturers of thermostats containing
mercury that are sold in this State report annually to the joint
standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over
natural resources matters on the fees imposed and to the
Department of Environmental Protection on the results of the
thermostat collection and recycling efforts.


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