S.351 - Mercury Reduction Act of 2002107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] (Introduced 02/15/2001)|
|Committees:||Senate - Environment and Public Works | House - Energy and Commerce|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 107-243|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/23/2002 Referred to the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials. (All Actions)|
This bill has the status Passed Senate
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Summary: S.351 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)
Mercury Reduction Act of 2002 - Amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act to: (1) prohibit the sale or supply of mercury fever thermometers to consumers, except by prescription; and (2) require manufacturers to provide clear instructions on handling of thermometers to avoid breakage and on proper cleanup in the event of breakage.
Passed Senate amended (09/05/2002)
Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to provide grants for a household mercury thermometer collection and exchange program.
Establishes a Task Force on Mercury to make recommendations on: (1) the long-term management of surplus mercury collected from thermometers and from medical, commercial, government, and industrial and other sources; (2) programs to test technologies for sequestration of retired mercury; (3) storage of mercury in a manner that ensures no release into the environment; (4) reduction of the total threat posed by mercury to humans and the environment; and (5) reduction of mercury produced, used, and released.
Directs the Administrator, in consultation with the Task Force, to: (1) take title to mercury collected under the thermometer exchange program or from another source; (2) manage the mercury in a manner that prevents its release into the environment; (3) ensure that collected mercury is not reintroduced into commerce; (4) provide to the Task Force an analysis of, and recommendations concerning, collection and management activities under this Act; and (5) identify stabilization technologies and long-term storage measures that prevent mercury release and conduct appropriate research, development, and demonstration.