senate Bill S7456

Relates to the reduction of mercury in mercury-added lamps

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  • 15 / May / 2014
    • REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

Summary

Relates to the reduction of mercury in mercury-added lamps.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2048A
Versions:
S7456
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Environmental Conservation
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง27-2101, 27-2107 & 71-2724, En Con L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: A5583B, A5583B
2009-2010: A10100C, A10100C

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BILL NUMBER:S7456

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to the reduction of mercury in mercury-added lamps

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To address the serious health risks
posed to New York State residents by the amount of mercury in
mercury-added lamps.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends section 27-2101 of the environmental
conservation law by adding new subdivisions thirty, thirty-one,
thirty-two, thirty-three, and thirty-four to define "mercury-added
lamp," "producer of mercury-added lamps," "general purpose lights,"
"special purpose lights," and "long lifetime."

Section 2 of the bill amends section 27-2107 of the environmental
conservation law by adding new subdivisions eleven and twelve.
Subdivision eleven prohibits the sale or distribution of mercury-added
lamps that fail to meet mercury content standards adopted by the
department after January 1, 2015, and establishes maximum mercury
content for general purpose lights. Subdivision twelve exempts special
purpose lights from mercury content standards until December 31, 2015.

Section 3 of the bill amends subdivision one of section 71-2724 of the
environmental conservation law to exclude subdivision eleven of
section 27-2710 of the environmental conservation law from the
penalties set forth therein.

Section 4 of the bill amends subdivision two of section 71-2724 of the
environmental conservation law to exclude subdivision eleven of
section 27-2107 from the penalties set forth therein.

Section 5 of the bill sets forth the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The amount of mercury contained within mercury-added
lamps poses a potential health risk. When a mercury-added lamp breaks,
it releases mercury, which is a hazardous material dangerous to human
health and the environment. Breakage can occur during normal use,
transportation, and end-of-life management. This legislation would
ensure that mercury-added lamps sold in New York State do not contain
excessive levels of mercury.

The European Union, California, Maine, and Vermont have adopted laws
that set maximum mercury content limits for compact fluorescent lamps
(CFLs), tubular fluorescent lamps that are linear, circular or another
shape, high-pressure sodium lamps, and a variety of other
mercury-added lamps. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association
(NEMA) has also recommended mercury content limits for mercury-added
lamps, and many of its member organizations have voluntarily complied.

In 2005, New York banned the disposal of mercury-added consumer
products in solid waste management facilities. However, the law
exempted mercury-containing lamps discarded by households. In the
absence of a convenient collection program for discarded mercury
lamps, most of those used for residential purposes are being disposed


of in landfills and incinerators. Restricting the sale of
mercury-added consumer products is consistent with the legislative
recommendations of New York's Sustainable Materials Management Policy
which was adopted in December 2010.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2013: A02048A (Kavanagh) Environmental
Conservation 2012: A05583B (Kavanagh) - Rules 2011: A05583 (Kavanagh)
Codes 2010: A10100C (Kavanagh) - Environmental Conservation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately. Effective
immediately, the department of environmental conservation may
promulgate any regulations necessary to implement the provisions of
this act.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7456

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation  to  the
  reduction of mercury in mercury-added lamps

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1.  Section 27-2101 of the environmental conservation  law  is
amended  by  adding five new subdivisions 30, 31, 32, 33, and 34 to read
as follows:
  30. "MERCURY-ADDED LAMP" MEANS AN ELECTRIC LAMP TO  WHICH  MERCURY  OR
MERCURY COMPOUNDS ARE INTENTIONALLY ADDED DURING THE MANUFACTURING PROC-
ESS,  INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COMPACT FLUORESCENT LAMPS, FLUORES-
CENT LAMPS AND TUBULAR FLUORESCENT LAMPS WITH NORMAL OR LONG LIFETIME.
  31. "PRODUCER OF MERCURY-ADDED LAMPS" MEANS ANY PERSON WHO:
  (A) MANUFACTURES AND SELLS MERCURY-ADDED LAMPS UNDER ITS OWN BRAND;
  (B) RESELLS UNDER ITS OWN BRAND EQUIPMENT PRODUCED BY OTHER SUPPLIERS,
A RESELLER NOT BEING REGARDED AS THE PRODUCER OF MERCURY-ADDED LAMPS  IF
THE  BRAND  OF THE PRODUCER OF MERCURY-ADDED LAMPS APPEARS ON THE EQUIP-
MENT, AS PROVIDED FOR IN PARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS SUBDIVISION; OR
  (C) SERVES AS THE IMPORTER OR DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTOR OF A  MERCURY-ADDED
LAMP IF THE BRAND NAME OWNER IS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES.
  32. "GENERAL PURPOSE LIGHTS" MEANS LAMPS, BULBS, TUBES, OR OTHER ELEC-
TRIC  DEVICES  THAT  PROVIDE FUNCTIONAL ILLUMINATION FOR INDOOR RESIDEN-
TIAL, INDOOR COMMERCIAL, AND OUTDOOR USE. GENERAL PURPOSE  LIGHTS  SHALL
NOT INCLUDE SPECIAL PURPOSE LIGHTS.
  33.  "SPECIAL  PURPOSE LIGHTS" MEANS THE FOLLOWING SPECIALTY LIGHTING:
APPLIANCE, BLACK LIGHT, GERMICIDAL, BUG,  COLORED,  INFRARED,  LEFT-HAND
THREAD,  MARINE,  MARINE'S  SIGNAL  SERVICE,  MINE SERVICE, PLANT LIGHT,
REFLECTOR, REPROGRAPHIC, ROUGH SERVICE, SHATTER-RESISTANT, COLD  TEMPER-
ATURE,  SIGN  SERVICE, SILVER BOWL, SHOWCASE, THREE-WAY, TRAFFIC SIGNAL,
AND VIBRATION SERVICE.
  34. "LONG LIFETIME" MEANS MORE THAN TWENTY-FOUR  THOUSAND  HOURS  WHEN
TESTED ON A T8 INSTANT START BALLAST, A T12 RAPID START BALLAST, OR A T5

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02320-05-4

S. 7456                             2

PROGRAMMED  START  BALLAST,  AND  TURNED  ON  AND  OFF EVERY THREE HOURS
("THREE HOUR STARTS").
  S  2. Section 27-2107 of the environmental conservation law is amended
by adding two new subdivisions 11 and 12 to read as follows:
  11. ON AND AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN, NO  PRODUCER  OF
MERCURY-ADDED LAMPS SHALL SELL, OFFER FOR SALE, OR DISTRIBUTE SUCH LAMPS
THAT  FAIL  TO MEET MERCURY CONTENT STANDARDS ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT,
AND FOR THE FOLLOWING GENERAL PURPOSE LIGHTS, MERCURY CONTENT  SHALL  BE
NO HIGHER THAN:
  (A)  2.5  MILLIGRAMS  FOR  COMPACT  FLUORESCENT LAMPS LESS THAN THIRTY
WATTS;
  (B) 3.5 MILLIGRAMS FOR STRAIGHT FLUORESCENT T8  LAMPS  WITH  A  NORMAL
LIFETIME  (EXCLUDING  8-FOOT  MODELS)  AND  3.0  MILLIGRAMS FOR STRAIGHT
FLUORESCENT T5 LAMPS WITH A NORMAL LIFETIME;
  (C) 5.0 MILLIGRAMS FOR STRAIGHT FLUORESCENT T8 AND  T5  LAMPS  WITH  A
LONG LIFETIME;
  (D)  15.0  MILLIGRAMS FOR NON-LINEAR FLUORESCENT T8, T5, AND T12 LAMPS
AND 8-FOOT LINEAR FLUORESCENT LAMPS (EXCLUDING VERY HIGH OUTPUT MODELS);
  12. ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN,  MERCURY
CONTENT  STANDARDS ESTABLISHED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS SECTION SHALL NOT
APPLY TO SPECIAL PURPOSE LIGHTS.
  S 3. Subdivision 1 of section 71-2724 of the  environmental  conserva-
tion  law,  as  added  by chapter 145 of the laws of 2004, is amended to
read as follows:
  1. Any person who knowingly or intentionally violates any provision of
or fails to perform any duty pursuant to  title  twenty-one  of  article
twenty-seven  of this chapter, except subdivision one of section 27-2105
AND SUBDIVISION ELEVEN OF SECTION 27-2107 of this  chapter,  shall  upon
the  first finding of such a violation be liable for a civil penalty not
to exceed one hundred dollars. Any  person  convicted  of  a  second  or
subsequent  violation  shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed
five hundred dollars for each violation.
  S 4. Subdivision 2 of section 71-2724 of the  environmental  conserva-
tion  law,  as  added  by chapter 145 of the laws of 2004, is amended to
read as follows:
  2. Any person who knowingly or  intentionally  violates  or  fails  to
perform any duty imposed by subdivision one of section 27-2105 OR SUBDI-
VISION  ELEVEN  OF  SECTION 27-2107 of this chapter shall upon the first
finding of such a  violation  be  provided  with  educational  materials
describing  the  requirements  for  mercury  disposal and the effects of
improper mercury disposal, and be warned that  future  violations  shall
result  in  the  imposition  of a fine. Any person convicted of a second
violation shall be liable for  a  civil  penalty  not  to  exceed  fifty
dollars. Any person convicted of a third violation shall be liable for a
civil  penalty  not to exceed seventy-five dollars. Any person convicted
of a fourth or subsequent violation shall be liable for a civil  penalty
not to exceed one hundred dollars for each violation.
  S  5.  This act shall take effect immediately.  Effective immediately,
the department of environmental conservation shall promulgate any  regu-
lations necessary to implement the provisions of this act.

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