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115A.932 Mercury prohibition.

Subdivision 1. Prohibitions. (a) A person may not place mercury or a thermostat, thermometer, electric switch, appliance, gauge, medical or scientific instrument, or electric relay or other electrical device from which the mercury has not been removed for reuse or recycling:

(1) in solid waste; or

(2) in a wastewater disposal system.

(b) A person may not knowingly place mercury or a thermostat, thermometer, electric switch, appliance, gauge, medical or scientific instrument, or electric relay or other electrical device from which the mercury has not been removed for reuse or recycling:

(1) in a solid waste processing facility; or

(2) in a solid waste disposal facility, as defined in section 115.01, subdivision 4.

(c) A person may not knowingly place a fluorescent or high intensity discharge lamp:

(1) in solid waste; or

(2) in a solid waste facility, except a household hazardous waste collection or recycling facility.

This paragraph does not apply to waste lamps generated by households until August 1, 1994.

Subd. 2. Enforcement. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a violation of subdivision 1 is subject to enforcement under sections 115.071 and 116.072.

(b) A violation of subdivision 1 by a generator of household hazardous waste, as defined in section 115A.96, is not subject to enforcement under section 115.071, subdivision 3.

(c) An administrative penalty imposed under section 116.072 for a violation of subdivision 1 by a generator of household hazardous waste, as defined in section 115A.96, may not exceed $700.

HIST: 1992 c 560 s 1; 1993 c 249 s 19; 1997 c 62 s 1; 1997 c 216 s 98