Notice of Intended Action

Mercury-added switch recovery from end-of-life vehicles, rescind ch 215

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to mercury-added switch recovery from end-of-life vehicles and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Environmental Protection Commission (Commission) hereby proposes to rescind Chapter 215, "Mercury-Added Switch Recovery from End-of-Life Vehicles," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 455B.806.

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 455B.801 to 455B.809.

Purpose and Summary

This proposed rule making rescinds and reserves Chapter 215. The Mercury-Free Recycling Act, passed in 2006, required auto manufacturers to implement and fund a system to recover mercury switches from scrap vehicles before they were crushed or shredded for recycling. Mercury switches were used in convenience lighting (hood and trunk lights) in vehicles as recently as 2002. The Mercury-Free Recycling Act included a sunset date of July 1, 2020, based on the expectation that the vast majority of vehicles containing the switches would be scrapped by then. The sunset deadline was not extended by the Legislature. As such, the Commission no longer has the authority to enforce this program. Accordingly, the rules must be rescinded.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa. A copy of the fiscal impact statement is available from the Department of Natural Resources (Department) upon request.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found. A copy of the jobs impact statement is available from the Department upon request.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 561—Chapter 10.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written comments in response to this rule making must be received by the Department no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 7, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Theresa Stiner

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Wallace State Office Building

502 East Ninth Street

Des Moines, Iowa 50319


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Rescind and reserve 567—Chapter 215.

Environmental Protection Commission

This Organization is a part of the Natural Resources Department

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 7/7/2021.

Official Document

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