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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1065


Availability for Public Comment; Proposal to Establish a Mercury Thermostat Collection and Recycling Program

[39 Pa.B. 3003]
[Saturday, June 13, 2009]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has received a plan to establish a Mercury Thermostat Collection and Recycling Program (Program) from the Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) of Arlington, VA. The submittal of this plan is required by the Mercury-Free Thermostat Act (act) (35 P.S. §§ 6030.1--6030.7). The TRC is a nonprofit organization that currently represents 25 manufacturers that have distributed over 60 brands of mercury thermostats. The TRC has supported a voluntary Program in this Commonwealth since 2000, resulting in the collection of over 37, 000 thermostats and the recycling of over 356 pounds of mercury.

   Under the act requires each manufacturer of mercury thermostats that have been sold in this Commonwealth to, individually or collectively, establish and maintain a Department-approved collection and recycling program for out-of-service mercury thermostats from wholesalers, contractors and retailers, service technicians and homeowners. This notice announces the opportunity for interested parties to review and comment on this proposed plan.

   Written comments concerning TRC's proposed Program may be submitted to Glenn Mitzel, Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Waste Management, Division of Hazardous Waste Management, P. O. Box 8471, Harrisburg, PA 17105. Public comments on this proposed plan must be received by July 13, 2009. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments received within the comment period will be considered in the review and consideration for approval of TRC's Collection and Recycling Program. Comments should include the name, address and telephone number of the writer and a concise statement to inform the Department of the exact basis of the comment.

   Persons interested in obtaining the more information or a paper copy of the proposed plan should contact Glenn Mitzel at or at (717) 787-6239. TDD users may contact the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 to obtain a copy of the proposed plan or to submit comments. The proposed plan is also accessible on the Department's web site at (DEP Keyword: Mercury). The Department will provide public notice upon final approval of the plan.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1065. Filed for public inspection June 12, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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