signs bills changing thermostat manufacturers’ mercury rules
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law
three bills that will further reduce the amounts of mercury in
the environment that can be harmful to residents.
Senate Bill 3346, sponsored by Sen. Heather
Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Karen May (D-Highwood), requires
thermostat manufacturers to maintain a statewide program to collect,
transport and manage mercury-switch thermostats for recycling
when they are taken out of service. Senate Bill 3347, also sponsored
by Sen. Steans and Rep. May, phases out the sale and use of lead
and mercury wheel balancing weights in Illinois on January 1,
House Bill 6201, sponsored by Rep. May and
Sen. Terry Link (D-Waukegan), extends the sunset date to for
the automakers’ current state program that collects and recycles
mercury light switches from end-of-life vehicles before they
are processed as scrap metal to January 1, 2017.
All three laws go into effect immediately.