Thursday, June 24, 2010

Mercury Waste Regulations: Protecting People, the Environment and Your Companies Best Interests

Not only is mercury a threat to our quality of life when it is not properly recycled, it can also be a significant threat to the overall health of businesses. Local and state environmental regulations and EPA enforcement of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), regulate the generation, treatment, storage, handling, clean-up, transportation and disposal of hazardous wastes, including products which contain mercury. Mercury-containing lamps, batteries, and medical and electrical equipment and devices are regulated as Universal Wastes.

If mercury-containing products are improperly recycled, companies may be at risk of severe financial penalties, criminal prosecution and long-term liability. Find out more at these United States Environmental Protection Agency Sites:

Federal Mercury Regulations

State Mercury Legislation and Regulations

State Universal Waste Regulations

Federal Universal Waste Regulations

State Mercury Medical & Dental Waste Programs

1997 Mercury Report to Congress

Peder Larson
Larkin Hoffman

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