Adopted and Filed

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

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ARC 5897C


Adopted and Filed

Rule making related to mercury-added switch recovery from end-of-life vehicles

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

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is adopted 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 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 Accordingly, the rules must be rescinded.

Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making

Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on June 16, 2021, as ARC 5676C. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.

Adoption of Rule Making

This rule making was adopted by the Commission on August 17, 2021.

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.

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).

Effective Date

This rule making will become effective on October 13, 2021.

The following rule-making action is adopted:

Rescind and reserve 567—Chapter 215.

[Filed 8/17/21, effective 10/13/21]

[Published 9/8/21]

Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 9/8/21.

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Official Document

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