Crushing Mercury Lamps: When Is It Acceptable?
- Colorado [6 CCR 1007-3, Section 273.13(e), 6 CCR 1007-3 Section 273.33(e)]
- Florida [FAC 62-737.400(6)(b)]
- Illinois [35 IAC 733.113(d)(3) or 35 IAC 733.133(d)(3)]
- Massachusetts [310 CMR 30.1034(5) and 310 CMR 30.1044(5)]
- Maryland [COMAR 22.214.171.124(B)(3) and 126.96.36.199(D)]
- Montana [ARM 17.53.1303]
- New Mexico [NMAC 188.8.131.521(C)]
- Tennessee [Rule 0400-12-01-.12(2)(d)(4), 0400-12-01-.12(3)(d)(4), and 0400-12-01-.12(8)]
- Texas [30 TAC 335.261(e)]
- Virginia [9 VAC 20-60-273(B)(3)(b)]
- The handler must use a specially designed mechanical device to crush the lamps, accumulate the glass, and contain the mercury vapor.
- The handler must crush the lamps in a final accumulation container.
- The handler must crush the lamps in a controlled manner that prevents the release of mercury vapor or other contaminants to the environment.
- The handler may need to recycle the captured mercury vapor and crushed glass or else manage the separated components as hazardous waste, if applicable
- The handler must have and follow a written plan for operating and maintaining the crushing device.
- The handler must ensure that all employees operating the crushing device are trained on the operating and maintenance plan.
- In some cases, the State EPA requires handlers to notify or register with the agency before they begin crushing lamps. Massachusetts requires lamp crushers to obtain a Class A recycling permit, which, while more burdensome than a permit-by-rule used in other states, is less burdensome than a RCRA treatment permit.
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