Mercury Education and Reduction

Date: Oct 29, 2007

The Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) was established to assist states that have enacted all or part of the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) Mercury Education and Reduction Model Legislation.1 IMERC also provides a single point of contact to the states for the public and industry members. California, Minnesota and North Carolina joined IMERC in 2006; Louisiana is considering joining.

Following the structure established by the model legislation, the IMERC states regulate as "mercury-added products" any products or product components that contain intentionally-added mercury or mercury compounds. Under these laws, mercury added products are subject to notification, labeling, and waste collection requirements. In addition, several of the states ban toys and novelty items containing intentionally-added mercury. For a more detailed discussion of IMERC and products, please see the articles below:

    To visit the offical IMERC website, please click here.

    1IMERC was established in 2001 by the states comprising the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA): Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The state of Washington joined IMERC in 2003, Illinois joined in 2004, and New York joined in 2005.

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