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      RS 30:2575     

  

§2575.  Restrictions on the sale of certain mercury-added products

A.  On and after July 1, 2007, no mercury-added novelty shall be offered for final sale or use or distributed for promotional purposes in Louisiana.  Manufacturers that produce and sell mercury-added novelties shall notify retailers about the provisions of this product ban and how to dispose of the remaining inventory properly. Novelties for which the only added mercury comes from a removable mercury-added lamp or mercury-added button cell battery are exempt from this Subsection if the manufacturer of the mercury-added lamp or mercury-added button cell battery has complied with the applicable provisions of R.S. 30:2574, 2577, 2578, 2579, and 2581.

B.  On and after January 1, 2007, no person shall sell or supply mercury fever thermometers to consumers and patients, except by prescription.  The manufacturers of mercury fever thermometers shall, in addition to providing notice of mercury content and instructions on proper disposal, supply clear instructions on the careful handling of the thermometer to avoid breakage and on proper cleanup should a breakage occur.  Mercury fever thermometer manufacturers shall also comply with R.S. 30:2574, 2576, 2577, 2579, and 2581.

C.  On and after January 1, 2007, no school in Louisiana shall use or purchase for use in a primary or secondary classroom, bulk elemental or chemical mercury or mercury compounds.  Manufacturers that produce and sell such materials shall notify retailers about the provisions of this ban and how to dispose of the remaining inventory properly.  Other mercury-added products that are used by schools are not subject to this prohibition.

D.  On and after July 1, 2007, no mercury dairy or natural gas manometers shall be offered for final sale or use or distributed for promotional purposes in Louisiana.  Manufacturers that produce and sell mercury dairy or natural gas manometers shall notify retailers about the provisions of this product ban and how to dispose of the remaining inventory properly.  The Department of Environmental Quality in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources shall examine the feasibility of implementing a collection and replacement program for dairy and natural gas manometers, respectively, including technical and monetary assistance to operations that once contained mercury manometers.

Acts 2006, No. 126, §1, eff. June 2, 2006.



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