This month, new federal legislation set a ban on U.S. exports of mercury, as more states enact legislation to either ban the use of mercury in thermostats or require proper collection and disposal of the devices.
The Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008 bans export of the material beginning in 2013, prohibits federal agencies from transferring any mercury under their control to other agencies or private entities and requires the U.S. Department of Energy to develop and manage a long-term mercury storage facility, reported Greenbiz.com.
Fifteen states have already banned the disposal of mercury thermostats in the garbage and/or require them to be collected and recycled, according to the article. The states are: California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts. Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Read the full article here.