Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 110 Part 2.djvu/537

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PUBLIC LAW 104-142 —MAY 13, 1996 110 STAT. 1329 Public Law 104-142 104th Congress An Act To phase out the use of mercury in batteries and provide for the efficient and cost-effective collection and recycling or proper disposal of used nickel cadmium batteries, small sealed lead-acid batteries, and certain other batteries, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the "Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act". SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds that— (1) it is in the public interest to— (A) phase out the use of mercury in batteries and provide for the efficient and cost-effective collection and recycling or proper disposal of used nickel cadmium batteries, small sealed lead-acid batteries, and other regulated batteries; and (B) educate the public concerning the collection, recycling, and proper disposal of such batteries; (2) uniform national labeling requirements for regulated batteries, rechargeable consumer products, and product packaging will significantly benefit programs for regulated battery collection and recycling or proper disposal; and (3) it is in the public interest to encourage persons who use rechargeable batteries to participate in collection for recycling of used nickel-cadmium, small sealed lead-acid, and other regulated batteries. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this Act: (1) ADMINISTRATOR. — The term "Administrator" means the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. (2) BUTTON CELL. —The term "button cell" means a buttonor coin-shaped batteiy. (3) EASILY REMOVABLE. — The term "easily removable", with respect to a battery, means detachable or removable at the end of the life of the battery— (A) from a consumer product by a consumer with the use of common household tools; or (B) by a retailer of replacements for a battery used as the principal electrical power source for a vehicle. May 13, 1996 [H.R. 2024] Mercury- Containing and Rechai^eable Battery Management Act. Environmental protection. 42 USC 14301 note. 42 USC 14301. 42 USC 14302.