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Legislative Memo

Darren Suarez
Manager of Government Affairs
T 518.465.7511
www.bcnys.org

BILL:

A.688 (Jaffee) / S.3888 (Grisanti)

  Support

SUBJECT:

Mercury-Added Consumer Products

 

A.688 (Jaffee) / S.3888 (Grisanti)

DATE:

May 2, 2011

 

The Business Council supports this legislation which would further restrict the sale of certain mercury-added consumer products.  Specifically, it prohibits the sale or distribution of mercury thermometers, mercury thermostats, mercury flame sensors, mercury wetted reed relays, and mercury sphygmomanometers made after January 1, 2012.

The bill also removes the requirement that DEC make a finding of suitable alternatives prior to such prohibition.

Mercury is one of the most toxic metals found in the home. Mercury may be harmful if inhaled, swallowed, or touched and the risk to animals and the environment is great.

This legislation will help further New York’s transition away from consumer products with high levels of mercury to available alternatives that employ the use of alcohol, digital, or other electronic gauges currently being used by most manufacturers.

This legislation will increase the use of improved technologies that will better protect the environment and public health.

For these reasons, the Business Council urges passage of A.668/S.3888.