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Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program
Chapter 173-910, WAC

  • The Department of Ecology adopted Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program on November 16, 2012. The rule became effective on December 17, 2012.
  • You can find documentation related to this rule amendment process on our Laws and Rules pages.
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Overview of Rule Amendment

State law requires producers of mercury-containing lights to establish a product stewardship program for residential lighting. The Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program rule clarifies:
  • Responsibilities of producers, wholesalers, retailers, distributors, and electric utilities to safely manage mercury-containing lights sold in or into Washington State.
  • Program requirements, such as developing a product stewardship plan, outreach and education efforts, and annual reporting requirements.
  • Requirements for collecting, transporting, processing and recycling mercury-containing lights.
  • How producers will fully fund the product stewardship program.
  • Other requirements necessary to implement the program such as definitions and enforcement.
Enforcement of this rule is on hold pending the outcome of the lawsuit filed by the National Electronic Manufacturers Association.

Milestones & Timeline

WAC 173-910, Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program Date
Public Meeting #1 November 14, 2011
Informal Comment Period Feb 27 - Mar 9, 2012
CR-102 Filed: PROPOSED RULE MAKING July 27, 2012
Public Hearing: Bellevue, WA 1:00 PM August 7, 2012
Close of Formal Comment Period August 14, 2012
CR-103 Filed: RULE-MAKING ORDER November 16, 2012
Effective Date of Rule December 17, 2012


Rule: WAC 173-910
Law: RCW 70.275

Contact Us

Joanne Neugebauer-Rex
Dept of Ecology
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
(360) 407-7602