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Air Toxics Website: Rule and Implementation Information for National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Mercury Emissions From Mercury Cell Chlor-Alkali Plants
Abstract: Regulations related to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) standards for Mercury emissions from mercury cell chlor-alkali plants.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hgcellcl/hgcellclpg.html

Clean Air Mercury Rule
Abstract: The Clean Air Mercury Rule was part of the suite of inter-related rules collectively known as the Clean Air Rules of 2004. These rules address ozone and fine particle pollution, non-road diesel emissions, and power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and mercury.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/air/mercuryrule/

Drinking Water Contaminants
Abstract: National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs or primary standards) are legally enforceable standards that apply to public water systems. Primary standards protect public health by limiting the levels of contaminants in drinking water.
Source: EPA
URL: http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/

Electronics and Mercury-Containing Products Banned from King County Garbage
Abstract: Guidelines for the electronics and mercury-containing products ban in King County, Washington.
Source: Waste Management
URL: http://www.wmnorthwest.com/guidelines/electronicskingco.htm

EPA Laws, Regulations, and Guidance Documents
Abstract: This website has links to the laws and executive orders that help to protect human health and the environment. EPA is charged with administering all or a part of these laws.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations

Impaired Waters and Total Maximum Daily Loads
Abstract: A Total Maximum Daily Load, or TMDL, is a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a waterbody can receive and still safely meet water quality standards. This website includes a link to example TMDLs for mercury.
Source: EPA
URL: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/cwa/tmdl/index.cf
m

Laws and Regulations: Mercury
Abstract: Under certain Federal environmental statutes, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, EPA has the responsibility to develop regulations to control some mercury emissions to air, water, or from wastes and products. In addition, states also develop regulations to address mercury emissions.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/regs.htm

Mercury Products Legislation
Abstract: IMERC-member states and others have enacted a variety of education and reduction laws focusing on products that contain mercury. This web page provides access to documents that summarize this legislation.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/modelleg.cfm

Mercury Reduction and Education Legislation in the IMERC-Member States
Abstract: This document summarizes the Mercury Education and Reduction Legislation that has been enacted by the Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) member states as of June 2008. The states that are members of IMERC include California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/legislation-2
008.htm

Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (Battery Act) Enforcement Policy and Guidance
Abstract: Includes links to important policy, guidance, and strategies used in the enforcement of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (Battery Act).
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/hg/regs.htm#act

Significant New Use Rule for Elemental Mercury in Certain Motor Vehicle Switches
Abstract: EPA issued a final Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) on October 5, 2007 to require notification to EPA 90 days prior to U.S. manufacture, import, or processing of elemental mercury for use in convenience light switches, anti-lock brake system (ABS) switches, and active ride control system switches in certain motor vehicles.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/snur.htm

State Mercury-Added Product Ban Guidance
Abstract: This Guidance Document is designed to help manufacturers, importers, and distributors of mercury-added products understand how to comply with specific mercury-added product bans in the United States.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/banphaseout.c
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State Mercury-Added Product Collection Plan Information
Abstract: Manufacturers a mercury-added products sold or distributed in the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island must establish a collection and recycling system when the product is ready to be discarded. This guidance document is designed to assist with compliance with these state laws.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/collectioninf
o.cfm

State Mercury-Added Product Notification & Labeling
Abstract: This Guidance Document is designed to help manufacturers, importers and distributors of mercury-added products understand how to comply with Labeling and Notification requirements in applicable IMERC-member states.
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/plnotificatio
n.cfm

State Mercury-Added Product Phase-out Laws
Abstract: This Guidance Document is designed to help manufacturers, importers and distributors of mercury-added products understand how to comply with IMERC-member state requirements for the phase-out of certain mercury-added products (and how to apply for an exemption where allowed).
Source: NEWMOA
URL: http://www.newmoa.org/prevention/mercury/imerc/banphaseout.c
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Summary of the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act
Abstract: The Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted by Congress as the national legislation on community safety. This law is designed to help local communities protect public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/content/epcra/

Summary of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
Abstract: The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) gives EPA the authority to control hazardous waste from the "cradle-to-grave." This includes the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-resource-conser
vation-and-recovery-act

Summary of the Safe Drinking Water Act
Abstract: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was established to protect the quality of drinking water in the U.S. This law focuses on all waters actually or potentially designed for drinking use, whether from above ground or underground sources.
Source: EPA
URL: http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/

Toxic Release Inventory Program
Abstract: The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) is a publicly available EPA database that contains information on toxic chemical releases and waste management activities reported annually by certain industries as well as federal facilities.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www2.epa.gov/toxics-release-inventory-tri-program

Universal Wastes
Abstract: EPA's universal waste regulations streamline hazardous waste management standards for federally designated "universal wastes," which include mercury-containing equipment and fluorescent lamps.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/wastetypes/universal/

Where You Live: Safe Mercury Management
Abstract: Provides links to information about regional and state mercury programs and legislation.
Source: EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/mercury/whereyoulive.htm

 


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