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End-Of-Life Vehicle Program

Project Information

Award Amount:$44,200.00
Dollars Leveraged:$0.00
Start-End Dates:10/1/01-9/30/03
Great Lakes United developed and presented a web conference called Getting the Mercury Out. The conference was a five-part series which laid out the background to the mercury in vehicles issue, overviewed mercury legislation and existing switch capture programs, and discussed the Michigan mercury switch study that was previously conducted.

Environmental Results/Products:
Get the Mercury Out web conference
The web conference brought together leading mercury experts to discuss the current status of automotive mercury switches in North America and help develop the next steps to reducing this source of mercury pollution. Conference presenters included individuals from the Partnership for Mercury Free Vehicles, US and Canadian governments, local switch removal programs, and the Auto Manufacturers Alliance.
Over forty (40) participants took part in the five part series.

Next Steps:
The overwhelming feedback from the web conference was that the current level of information on the use of automotive mercury switches and methods for removal and disposal is sufficient to the development of widespread automotive switch collection programs. Participants suggested more time and resources should be put towards setting up and running these programs, with more limited resources placed in research areas.

Addition Research Recommendations:
• Development of a performance standard, which would set out a numerical target for switch collection from capture programs. The Northeast Recycling Council is doing work in this area. This was highlighted as the number one need at this time by many of the web conference participants.
• Gathering further information on the use of mercury in anti-lock brakes, headlamps, and after market applications and the process for removal in these applications.
• The value of switch replacement in “live” vehicles is being proposed and studied by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This information may be useful for other agencies planning similar programs.
• Development of retirement options for recovered mercury.


Funding Organizations

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office - Primary Contact

77 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois 60604
There are no individuals in this organization
associated with this project.

Organizations Receiving Funding

Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.

Great Lakes United - Primary Contact

Buffalo State College, Cassetty Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14222
p: (716) 886-0142
f: (716) 886-0303
Individual Contacts

Associated Organizations

Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.

Alliance of Automotive Manufacturers - Partner

1401 Eye Street, N.W.
Suite 900
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
p: (202) 326-5500
f: (202) 326-5598

Clean Air Foundation - Partner

201-1216 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario M4T1W1
p: 416-922-9038 Ext. 245
f: 416-922-1028

Ecology Center - Partner

117 N. Division St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
p: 734-761-3186
f: 734-663-2414

Environment Canada - Partner

4905 Dufferin Street
Downsview, Ontario M3H 5T4
p: 800-668-6767

Environmental Defense Fund - Partner

257 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10010
p: 212-505-2100
f: 212-505-2375

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries - Partner

1325 G Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, District of Columbia 20005-3104
p: 202-737-1770
f: 202-626-0900

Maine Department of Environmental Protection - Partner

17 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0017
p: (207)287-7688

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Partner

Environmental Science & Services Division
PO Box 30457
Lansing, Michigan 30457
p: 800-662-9278

Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MOEA) - Partner

520 Lafayette Rd, North
Floor 2
St Paul, Minnesota 55155-4100
p: 651-296-3417

New York State Attorney General’s Office - Partner

State of New York
107 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202-3473
p: 716-853-8478
f: 716-853-8571

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation - Partner

625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1750
p: 518-402-9469

Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) - Partner

129 Portland Street
6th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2014
p: 617-367-8558

Partnership for Mercury Free Vehicles - Partner

117 N. Division St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
p: (734) 663-2400

Sustainable Research Group - Partner

949 Wealthy St., S.E.
Suite 205
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506
p: 616-301-1059
f: 616-301-1135


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