Mercury Laws - Mercury Education and Reduction Act (MERA)
The Mercury Education and Reduction Act (MERA) passed the Legislature in 2003. This law mandated labeling light bulbs and their packaging, banned most mercury in schools, and banned the sale of most mercury-containing products.
Labeling Lamps and Packaging
As mandated by MERA, all lamps and packages must have an “Hg” label and must conform to other requirements. All mercury-containing light bulbs and lamps must clearly display the internationally recognized symbol for the element mercury (Hg).
Additionally, all lamp packaging must include the same symbol. The packaging must also clearly inform the purchaser that:
Washington State government must purchase products containing little or no mercury, and primary and secondary schools may no longer purchase elemental mercury or mercury compounds.
Schools removed and properly disposed of bulk elemental mercury in 2005. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Department of Health (DOH) worked with the schools on this project. They removed 2,600 pounds of mercury.
As of January 1, 2006, MERA banned the sale of:
Also, the Department of Ecology joined the The Interstate Mercury Education and Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC) to partner with other states and governmental entities working on these problems.
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