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[greenyes] Federal Mercury product legislation gains co-sponsors


National legislation on mercury in products, H.R. 4260, now has 16
co-sponsors and has been assigned to the House Committee on Energy and
Commerce, the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials. Known as
the Safe Communities and Safe Schools Mercury Reduction Act of 2004, it
would ban the sale of mercury thermometers (except by prescription); require
contractors who replace thermostats to participate in thermostat recycling
programs; require manufacturers of thermostats to establish or participate
in recycling programs for replaced mercury thermostats; provide guidance for
the elimination of free-flowing mercury and mercury instruments in schools;
require the installation of advanced separators in dental offices and
provide $75 million annually in grants for mercury education, reduction,
collection, and recycling programs. Information on the bill can be found at
<http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.04260>: (include the
colon) and the staff person to contact is Zack Hill at
Zack.Hill@no.address <mailto:Zack.Hill@no.address> or (202)
226-6723.
I encourage people from around the country to get their federal
Representatives to join as co-sponsors for this legislation.
John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI





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