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                             CHAPTER 47-H.F.No. 274 
                  An act relating to the environment; restricting the 
                  sale of mercury thermometers; amending Minnesota 
                  Statutes 2000, section 116.92, subdivision 6. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 2000, section 116.92, 
        subdivision 6, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 6.  [MERCURY THERMOMETERS PROHIBITED.] (a) A medical 
        facility may not routinely distribute thermometers manufacturer, 
        wholesaler, or retailer may not sell or distribute at no cost a 
        thermometer containing mercury that was manufactured after June 
        1, 2001. 
           (b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to: 
           (1) an electronic thermometer with a battery containing 
        mercury if the battery is in compliance with section 325E.125; 
           (2) a mercury thermometer used for food research and 
        development or food processing, including meat, dairy products, 
        and pet food processing; 
           (3) a mercury thermometer that is a component of an animal 
        agriculture climate control system or industrial measurement 
        system until such time as the system is replaced or a nonmercury 
        component for the system is available; or 
           (4) a mercury thermometer used for calibration of other 
        thermometers, apparatus, or equipment, unless a nonmercury 
        calibration standard is approved for the application by the 
        National Institute of Standards and Technology.  
           Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
           Section 1 is effective January 1, 2002. 
           Presented to the governor April 23, 2001 
           Signed by the governor April 26, 2001, 10:21 a.m.