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Chapter 173-910 WAC

Mercury-Containing Lights Product Stewardship Program



Joanne Neugebauer-Rex,


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Chapter 173-910 WAC implements Mercury-containing lights - proper disposal, chapter 70.275 RCW, which established a stewardship program to collect and properly dispose of mercury-containing lights. The Legislature amended the enabling statute in 2014. Changes to the rule are those needed to address changes made to the law.

On August 23, 2016, Director Maia Bellon adopted the revised rule and it was filed with the Washington State Office of the Code Reviser. The rule will be effective on September 24, 2016.

Changes include the requirement to fund the program through an environmental handling charge, and revised requirements for stewardship plans and annual reports including an independent financial audit. Additional revisions include a sunset provision, changes in definitions, other changes as directed by the Legislature, and revisions for clarification.

July 22, 2015 File rule making (file CR-101 form).
July 22, 2015 - March 2016 Developing the rule proposal package for this rule making.
March 10, 2016 Proposed rule (CR-102 form) filed.
Proposed rule text and supporting documents available.
April 27, 2016 Public Hearing:
2:00 PM
Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Dr
Lacey, WA 98503
May 4, 2016 End of public comment period on proposed rule.
May - July 2016 Reviewing comments and preparing the adoption package for this rule making.
August 23, 2016 Rule Adopted and CR-103 Filed.
September 24, 2016 Effective Date of Adopted Rule.